Yes, I agree again. And
the followibg proposed punishment is both utterly totalitarian
according to the sick and anonymous Wikipedia) and neofascist:
The bill is unabashed about
its target. It calls for fines and a prison sentence of up to 15 years
for anyone who “injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any
person” while wearing a mask or disguise (..)
This is very sick
supports my ideas that the USA under Trump is sinking into neofascism.
And this is a recommended article.
Opens His Arms to Russia. His Administration Closes Its Fist.
article is by Mark Landler and Julie Hirschfeld Davis on The New York
Times. It starts as follows:
a few hours after President Trump doused expectations of extracting any
confession from President Vladimir V. Putin on Russia’s election
meddling when they meet on Monday, his own Justice Department issued a sweeping
of 12 Russian intelligence agents for
hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential
bold move, precisely the kind that Mr. Trump has long resisted,
demonstrated how he is almost wholly untethered from his administration
when it comes to dealing with Moscow. Whether it is Russia’s
interference in the election, its annexation of Crimea or its
intervention in Syria, Mr. Trump’s statements either undercut, or
flatly contradict, those of his lieutenants.
disconnect is so profound that it often seems Mr. Trump is pursuing one
Russia policy, set on ushering in a gauzy new era of cooperation with
Mr. Putin, while the rest of his administration is pursuing another,
set on countering a revanchist power that the White House has labeled
one of the greatest threats to American security and prosperity.
No, I am sorry: it seems to me - and I am quite
well informed - as if this indictment of ¨12 Russian intelligence
agents for hacking
the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential
campaign¨ is far more like propaganda
than like provable fact.
There are quite a few reasons, but an important one is
that this supposed ¨indictment¨ will never come to court: See item 5 below.
Here is one other bit from this article:
call it the rigged witch hunt,” Mr. Trump said, as Prime Minister
Theresa May of Britain looked on. “I think that really hurts our
country and it really hurts our relationship with Russia.”
few hours later, Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, Dan
Coats, compared the danger
of Russian cyberattacks to the stream of terrorist threats against the
United States before Sept. 11, 2001. He said Mr. Putin should be held
responsible for them.
I suppose this is intended to illustrate the supposed
profound disconnect between Trump and the rest of his administration.
Well... I am a psychologist who agrees
tenthousands of other psychologists and some psychiatrists that Trump
is not mentally sane, while I also think this does not
hold for the
vast majority of its government (although I don´t like them either).
But I am sorry: The quoted supposed ¨disconnect¨ also
seems more like propaganda
than like fact. There is more in this
article, but I give it up as probably mostly propaganda.
Ways to Combat Trump's Endless Mendacity
article is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
As the political season
heats up, Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers:
Fox News, rallies, and Twitter.
According to The
Fact Checker’s database, the average daily rate of
Trump’s false or misleading claims is climbing.
The problem isn’t just the
number or flagrancy of the lies – for example, that Putin and the
Russians didn’t intervene in the 2016 election on behalf of Trump, or
that the Mueller investigation is part of a Democratic plot to remove
And it’s not just that the
lies are about big, important public issues – for example, that
immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans, or trade wars
The biggest problem is his
lies aren’t subject to the filters traditionally applied to
presidential statements – a skeptical press, experts who debunk
falsehoods, and respected politicians who publicly disagree.
Well... I agree
Reich on Trump´s ¨amplifiers¨ (Twitter, which is an artificial
neutering of e-mails by radically shortening them so that anyone with
propagandistic aims could abuse it, and besides Fox News and
and I also agree with Reich that ¨[t]he biggest problem¨
is that ¨his lies aren’t
subject to the filters traditionally applied to presidential statements¨, but I disagree with Reich´s
But first a bit more of
The word “media” comes from
the term “intermediate” – that is, to come between someone who makes
the news and the public who receives it.
But Trump doesn’t hold
press conferences. He doesn’t meet in public with anyone who disagrees
with him. He denigrates the mainstream press. And he shuns experts.
Instead, his lies go out to
tens of millions of Americans every day unmediated.
TV and radio networks
simply rebroadcast his rallies, or portions of them.
is also quite
true, and in fact this is the basic problem in my eyes: The
over 40% of adult Americans seem to support Trump, in spite of the fact
that they themselves are not rich. And my own reasons for this
thinking that very
many Americans (and not just Trump-supporters) are subject to.
There is also this on
Fox News is no longer
intermediating between the public and Trump. Fox News is Trump.
Many of his lies originate with Fox News; Fox News amplifies the ones
that originate with Trump.
Fox News’s Sean Hannity is
one of Trump’s de facto top advisers. Trump has just
appointed Bill Shine, the former number two at Fox News, as his deputy
chief of staff for communications.
No democracy can function
under a continuous bombardment of unmediated lies.
So what are we to do, other
than vote November 6 to constrain Trump?
I suppose so (but see
my explanation, which is not
that of Reich). Here are Reich´s remedies:
First, boycott Fox News’s
major sponsors (..)
Second, attend Trump’s rallies (..)
Third, sign up for his tweets (..)
Fourth, write to Twitter (..)
I am sorry, but except for
possibly the first of these ¨remedies¨, these seem to me to be stupid
and irrational wastes of time on instruments of stupidity. Intelligent
and informed persons don´t watch Fox Nexs, don´t
rallies, don´t Tweet, and don´t write to Twitter.
And indeed I would disagree
less with Reich if I had thought that his remedies would make a
difference, but the only definite difference I see is more
Tweets, which I am against, because it is an artificially stupified
¨medium of communication¨ that I totally reject and almost completely
avoid, indeed also in articles.
U.K. Protests Mark Trump's First State Visit—As It Happened
is by Natasha Hakimi Zapata on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
I say, because I did not
know this (but the PHOTO ESSAY got the same title as the present
article: I am sorry).
250,000 protesters hit the streets in London, England alone as more
than 60 protests took place across the United Kingdom on Friday to
demonstrate against President Donald Trump’s first
visit to Britain’s historical ally
PHOTO ESSAY | 68 photosSnapshots
From a Day of Anti-Trump Protests in London
Several planned visits to
Great Britain have been cancelled since his inauguration, including one
as recently as February. The July 13 trip was confirmed in the spring,
prompting activists to quickly organize to demonstrate the British
people’s disapproval of both Trump and his policies.
Here is some more:
The British people
have made no secret of their displeasure with the American president.
During Trump’s 2016 campaign, two petitions that received the most
signatures in British history were debated in Parliament: One was a
call for candidate Trump to be banned from entering the U.K. due to
campaign speeches that incited hate; the other was a demand that the
borders be kept open to the possible president of one of Britain’s
closest allies. At the time of the debate, however, most members of
Parliament seemed doubtful he would be elected.
Well... I like the
protestors because I do not like Trump, but in fact I think
demand that (then candidate) Trump should ¨be banned from entering the U.K. due to
campaign speeches that incited hate¨ was and is mistaken, at least for a president
of the USA.
After Trump was elected, 1.8
million British citizens and residents signed a separate petition
asking Parliament not to plan a state visit.
There is considerably more in the article.
Evidence Will Probably Never Be Produced in the Indictments of ‘Russian
This article is by
Joe Lauria on Consortiumnews. It starts as follows:
Charges against 12
Russian intelligence agents for allegedly hacking emails from the
Democratic Party during the 2016 presidential election were announced
by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday at the very moment President
Donald Trump was meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and just
days before a summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin
Yes, I completely
(and I don´t think there is good evidence that
¨Russia¨ or ¨Putin¨ are
responsible, although I also think that at least ¨Russia¨ did
hack some of ¨the USA¨, and indeed ¨the USA¨ did hack some of
¨Russia¨ - but this is about as specific as it gets, for persons who do
not have the NSA´s facilities or records).
A central claim of Russia-gate
has been that the Russian government with help from the Trump campaign
stole emails from the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign
and then gave those emails to WikiLeaks for publication to damage
Clinton’s quest for the White House.
Until Friday however, the
investigation into the allegations had produced no formal indictment of
Russian government interference in the election. Like previous U.S.
government accusations against Russia for alleged election meddling,
the indictment makes assertions without providing evidence. Under U.S.
law, indictments are not considered evidence. And it is highly unlikely
that the government will ever have to produce any evidence in court.
Friday’s indictments do not
include any charges against Trump campaign members for allegedly
colluding with the Russian government to carry out the hacks. That has
been at the core of allegations swirling in U.S. media for two years.
If the alleged co-conspirators “known” to the DOJ were on the Trump
team, the indictments do not say. There is only a hint that “unknown”
persons might be.
And indeed Lauria also seems quite right in writing that ¨it is highly unlikely that the government
will ever have to produce any evidence in court¨ - which in fact makes the indictment mostly
Here is more on the evidence, or
rather the lack of it:
The lack of evidence
that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia has never stopped
Democrats and their media outlets from believing unnamed U.S.
intelligence sources for two years about such collusion. “Collusion” is
the title of a best-selling book about the supposed Trump-Russia
conspiracy to steal the election, but such a charge is not to be found.
Yes, I agree. And here is
the last bit of Lauria that I quote in this review:
The indictment excluding
collusion also undermines the so-called Steele dossier, a work of
opposition research paid for by the DNC and Clinton campaign
masquerading as an intelligence document because it was compiled by a
former MI6 agent. The memos falsely claimed, it turns out, that Trump’s
people started colluding with Russia years before he became a candidate.
sources for information in the indictment are intelligence agencies,
which normally create hurdles in a criminal prosecution.
Yes, I quite
especially with the last paragraph. There is
considerably more in the
article, that is recommended.
“In this indictment there is
detail after detail whose only source could be intelligence, yet you
don’t use intelligence in documents like this because if these
defendants decide to challenge this in court, it opens the U.S. to
having to expose sources and methods,” Johnson said.
If the U.S. invoked the states
secret privilege so that classified evidence could not be revealed in
court a conviction before a civilian jury would be jeopardized.
Such a trial is extremely
unlikely however. That makes the indictment essentially a political and
not a legal document because it is almost inconceivable that the U.S.
government will have to present any evidence in court to back up its
charges. This is simply because of the extreme unlikelihood that
arrests of Russians living in Russia will ever be made.
 I have
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 (!!).