from October 29, 2018
This is a
Nederlog of Monday,
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
five crisis files
that are mostly well worth reading:
A. Selections from October 29, 2018:
1. Jair Bolsonaro Is Elected President of Brazil.
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. Trump’s Corruption: The Definitive List
3. Is Orwell's Big Brother Here? Bezos & Amazon Team up
CIA & ICE
4. Election Expert Greg Palast: Thanks to GOP Voter
'Democrats May Have Effectively
5. The American Social Contract
Bolsonaro Is Elected President of Brazil.
This article is by
Andrew Fishman on The Intercept. I abbreviated the title. It starts as
Jair Bolsonaro was elected
president of Brazil on Sunday evening. The far-right candidate received
more than 55 percent of valid votes. His opponent, Fernando Haddad of
the Workers’ Party, received less than 45 percent. In a country with
compulsory voting, almost 29 percent of adults preferred to annul or
not cast their ballot.
Across Brazil, city streets
echoed with fireworks, shouts, and car horns as preliminary election
results came in. Thousands of supporters, many dressed in green and
yellow, assembled outside the president-elect’s beach-front residence
in Rio de Janeiro. On São Paulo’s main street, Avenida Paulista, police
used tear gas to separate Haddad and Bolsonaro voters.
Bolsonaro, who has taken
aim at the media throughout his campaign, chose to make his first
statement after the election via Facebook Live, rather than a press
conference. “We could not continue to flirt with socialism, communism,
populism, and the extremism of the left,” he said. The broadcast was
picked up by major TV networks, but repeatedly froze due to connection
issues. “All of the promises made to political groups and the
people will be kept,” he added.
This is quite
horrible because Bolsonaro is an obvious fascist
Brazil has 210 million inhabitants. Also, I admit that he very probably
was elected democratically.
And I think this also
marks the defeat of democracy in Brazil, indeed by democratic
precisely like Hitler was.
And yes, even if I am
the only one who says so: In either case this was the triumph of
and the ignorance
that evidently mark the majority of the
Here is more:
In short, every major
political institution has been increasingly discredited as Brazil
has spiraled deeper and deeper into a dark void. And from the abyss
emerged a former army captain and six-term congressman from Rio de
Janeiro, Jair Bolsonaro, with the slogan “Brazil above everything,
God above everyone,” and promises to fix everything with hardline
Incidentally, I note
that “Brazil above
everything” is equivalent
Hitler´s and the Germans´ ¨Deutschland über alles¨ (Germany above
Here is more:
Riding the wave of public
discontent, Bolsonaro campaigned against the Workers’ Party,
corruption, politicians, crime, “cultural Marxism,” communists,
leftists, secularism, and “privileges” for historically marginalized
groups. Instead, he favored “traditional family values,”
“patriotism,” nationalism, the military, a Christian nation, guns, increased
police violence, and neoliberal
economics that he promises will revitalize the economy.
Many of those who
battled against Bolsonaro before the elections must now fear for
lives and indeed may risk a horrible tortured death.
Here are some of the
ideas and values of Bolsonaro:
As I have said before: I
strongly recommend Glenn Greenwald and his husband to
leave Brazil. And
this is a strongly recommended article.
Here is Brazil’s next
president in his own words over the years. In the coming months, Brazil
and the world will discover if Bolsonaro will make good on these
drastic promises when he takes office on January 1, 2019.
“I am in favor of a dictatorship, a regime of exception.”
“The pau-de-arara [a torture technique] works. I’m in favor
of torture, you know that. And the people are in favor as well.”
“I’m a rapist now. I would never rape you, because you do not deserve
“[Homosexuals] will not find peace. And I have [congressional] immunity
to say that I’m homophobic, yes, and very proud of it if it is to
defend children in schools.”
“I would not employ [a woman] with the same salary [of a man]. But
there are many women who are competent.”
“I’ll give carte blanche for the police to kill.”
Corruption: The Definitive List
This article is by
David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick on The New York Times. It
starts as follows:
don’t even try very hard to hide it.
Trump, his family and more than a few of his appointees are using his
presidency to enrich themselves. They are spending taxpayer dollars for
their own benefit. They are accepting sweetheart deals from foreigners.
And they are harnessing the power of the federal government on behalf
of their businesses.
a word for this: corruption.
how widespread Trumpian corruption has become, we thought it was time
to make a list. It’s meant to be a definitive list of self-dealing by
the president, his family, his staff or his friends — since he began
running for president. To qualify, an incident needs to seem highly
credible, even if it remains unresolved, and needs to involve making
the list made us understand why some historians believe Trump’s
administration is the most corrupt since at least Warren Harding’s, of
1920s Teapot Dome fame. Trump administration officials and people close
to them are brashly using power to amass perks and cash. They are
betting that they can get away with it. So far, Congress has let them.
Quite so. And yes, this is corruption, on
a very large
scale as well.
And now I have a problem, that arises because the text
is too long to fairly excerpt. What I´ll do is merely select
in this article that follow, and you should realized that below each
title there is text:
In fact, the above is a
list of major corruptions of Trump, his family and his associates, and
if you are in any way interested or concerned, you should read
Trump and Family
are paying the Trumps.
are paying the Trumps.
Inc. is expanding overseas.
Inc. is wooing foreign investment.
presidency has become a branding opportunity.
are subsidizing the Trumps.
Trump’s Cabinet, Aides and
Inc. gets special protection.
businesses also get special treatment.
friends and donors get perks.
officials make unethical stock trades.
orbit receives cash.
officials take junkets.
team enjoys interior decorating
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article, which also is the
ending of the article, and I do it this time with some text:
Quite so and this is a
strongly recommended article.
Where is Congress?
It has shirked its
The biggest scandal of all, however, is not even the
corruption of the Trump administration. It’s the inaction of Congress.
The founders were well aware that the government they were
creating could end up with corrupt or unethical leaders, all the way up
to the president. That’s why the Constitution gives Congress tremendous
power to investigate and even remove officials in the executive branch.
Yet the current congressional leaders — the Republican
leaders — have refused to do so. They have shirked their duty to act as
a check on the president and his appointees. They have instead defended
Trump and made excuses on his behalf. They have enabled the most
corrupt administration of our lifetimes.
Orwell's Big Brother Here? Bezos & Amazon Team up With Defense, CIA
This article is by Marc Steiner of
News Network, who is interviewing Robert Scheer
who is Truthdig´s
editor in chief. It starts as follows:
Yes indeed. Here is Robert
Scheer, and all of the texts I am going to quote are his.
MARC STEINER: Welcome
to the Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. Great to have you with us.
Amazon CEO chief Jeff Bezos
has been in the news for quite a while now for many reasons: becoming
the world’s richest man, giving a $2 billion gift to build schools and
help the homeless, buying the Washington Post. Most recently we saw the
result of his being hounded by Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman
Ro Khanna over working conditions and salaries of Amazon employees,
which prompted Bezos to give his workers a raise to $15 an hour.
Most these stories are
important and vital, but there’s one story that seems to have fallen
through the cracks and has not been given the same kind of media
attention. And that’s the close working relationship between Amazon,
the Department of Defense, CIA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or
as we know it, ICE, local law enforcement, and the secretive data
mining firm Palantir. It appears that the intertwined relationship
ominously involves the intersection of mass surveillance and military
Here is the first bit, which is very important:
SCHEER: Well, first of all, understand that the key,
as George Orwell pointed out, and others have, that our own
Constitution points out, if you don’t have private space, if you can’t
be alone with your thoughts, your associations, your books and so
forth, you can’t have freedom. That’s the bottom line. The American
Revolution was fought over that. And the Internet represents, yes, the
best and the worst of worlds. We are connected. We offer a lot of
ourselves. We learn a lot from it. But it’s also the worst in terms of
individual space and privacy. This has come to be recognized
particularly after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of cooperation
between companies like Facebook and Google and Apple, and others, and
the intelligence agencies and government. The Defense Department, the
CIA, the NSA, and so forth.
I agree completely,
that I may be more negative about the internet than Scheer is,
have three supplementary remarks:
First, I had realized everything that Scheer is saying in this
very fine article by the end of 2012 and gave expression to it in my Crisis:
Christmas sermon: Hypotheses about CF+SS.
I have since 2012 given several new editions of it, but none of them
varied much (for the new editions were smaller, but otherwise the same)
and the ideas expressed in the last link also still seem to me the
that I have read the last six years (in which I read and reviewed some
tenthousand articles: See the crisis index).
Second, you may doubt my last statement, but you also should realize I
wrote all of the last link without knowing anything
Snowden, who only got well-known in June of 2013, and whose facts
strongly supported the ideas I had formulated in the last link. And
incidentally, the next two articles of 2012, Crisis:
CF+SS - P.S. with some about C.W. Mills and Varia:
On Mills, hypotheses, "fascism" and George Carlin are also strongly recommended.
Third, it is not just Facebook
and Google and Apple who spy on absolutely everything you do, but it
also are (probably) all the secret services in the world, quite
more corporations, and in fact every corporation that lives on
Here is more on Snowden´s revelations:
So before Snowden’s
revelations, it was possible to minimize all of that. And these
companies would say, hey, we’re private enterprises. You’re voluntarily
giving over your data. And this is no threat to your freedom, we’re
just helping you be better shoppers. Well, what Snowden revealed is
this data was given or stolen by- when Apple and Google didn’t
cooperate, the NSA and CIA just cut into their cables, went through
backdoor access to their computers, and gathered up the most intimate
details of your life. In the case of Amazon, for example, not only what
books you bought, but how far you read in that book. What you wrote to
friends about what you thought about that, or the movie you saw, or
what have you. Your most private thoughts.
Precisely. And here
All of this data-stealing, that amounts to the secret services of every
government and some of the richest corporations knowing absolutely
everything about anyone (they like: I am not saying all
of this is
being read by human eyes) has
been planned from the late 1960ies
onwards, and notably by then head of American national
security Zbigniew Brzezinski:
See Crisis: Propaganda
and Control: Brezezinski 1968 : The
American secret services planned
to know everything about anyone - the ideal of the KGB and the
Gestapo - from the late 1960ies onwards, and succeeded completely.
Here is more Scheer:
So then you have the
1984 world, where a government anywhere- and by the way, they service
governments all over the world. Other governments can do it, can get
information about what you are thinking, who you are associating with.
And you end up in, basically, an unfree, untenable situation from a
point of view of freedom.
In fact, it means to me
that - if this goes on, and the internet remains more or less the same
as it has been since 2001, when the data-gathering on everyone
seriously started - I must be one of the last people who lived in
freedom and minimal welfare (from 1950 till 2000).
Here is more about Amazon:
And Amazon, one of
their sources of profit, main sources, is building the cloud and doing
Amazon Web Services. If you look at the profit picture, just today
they’re announcing yet another billion-plus quarter; four times greater
than it was last year. That’s not coming from selling you products on
Amazon. What they’re gathering is your data. That’s coming from their
building this whole web infrastructure of data seeking. And Amazon has
been building the main cloud for the intelligence agencies. All right?
They are collecting it. All this data that the government gets access
to and so forth, most of that is going through Amazon-run enterprises.
So no wonder Jeff Bezos is nervous about people focusing on that,
because he’s in fact primarily, at this point, a military contractor.
I do not know whether this
is correct, but I do trust Scheer.
And this is on the DARPA background of the internet, that existed
the late 1960ies (before the creation of any personal computer) and
But you know, we
know that Google itself, the whole Internet itself, came out of a
DARPA, Defense Advanced Research Project. You know, the Defense
Department was developing communication in the event of a nuclear war.
That’s where we got the web from, as a side product of defense
spending. The association with many of these companies, most of them in
the defense industry, the intelligence community, is long-standing.
Precisely - and again
check out Crisis: Propaganda
and Control: Brezezinski 1968 if you did not do so (and where
Brzezinski said ¨technotronic¨ for the new society he was planning,
in my sense).
Here is more on how well everybody is
known in secret right now:
one of the big revelations is about facial recognition technology and
their use of it. And again, it goes back to the basic point. A company
like Amazon has much more information on us, our face, the pupils of
our eyes, everything about us. Our most intimate habits, our travel,
everything. And all this information that no secret police agency in
the world could ever fantasize about; ever fantasize.
all of that
spells both tyranny and neofascism,
and if you disagree I only can
conclude you must be utterly ignorant about politics.
None of that is necessary now.
Anywhere in the world, any dictator, any government in the world can
now use our marketing services, our commercial- Facebook, Google, and
Amazon to gather an incredible amount of detail about everything you do
in your life. When that information is made available to the
government, and when they are partners- mind you, Amazon is a partner
with NSA, CIA, the FBI. All of these organizations are developing their
data storage area. OK? And when they’re partners with them, and they
themselves, these groups like Amazon have all this information, you
have a violation basically of the constitutional protection and our
Fourth Amendment to our privacy. Our right to not have our effects, our
books, everything, our papers surveilled. They can’t come through your
door. They must have a specific warrant. All thrown out by this new
Here is the last bit that I quote from this excellent
Now we have a
situation where private corporations, ostensibly, gather your most
intimate data that no secret police would have ever been able to get-
everything about you. Your eye scan, your facial recognition, where
you’ve been, where you shop. You know, you give your location all the
time, right. And so they can spot you be there, be there. What do you
read, what did you write to your friends, what are you thinking, and so
forth. And they develop a profile of you, and then you become a target
of the surveillance society. And it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Quite so, and this is the
main reason why I am very glad I have no children, for they
very probably would have to live in a society were anonymous people at
the secret service, and at Google, and at Facebook, and at many more
anonymous instances explicitly or implicitly know
absolutely everything about you.
I think this is extremely frightening and this is a very
Expert Greg Palast: Thanks to GOP Voter Suppression, 'Democrats May
Have Effectively Lost'
is by Matthew Rozsa on AlterNet and originally on Salon. It starts as
There are elements
of about the current Georgia governor's race that may
fundamentally undermine faith in democracy. If Republican candidate
Brian Kemp, the current secretary of state, wins the election, his
victory is likely to appear illegitimate. Impartial observers will
never be able to tell whether he would have won had every eligible
voter in the state been able to cast a ballot. If he loses, there is
little question that the victory of Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams
will be viewed as an existential threat to the same forces that tried
to rig things against her in the first place.
Salon spoke by email with
Greg Palast, the journalist who previously tipped
Salon off to widespread voter disenfranchisement in Georgia earlier
this month. Palast has created a website
that can help you learn if you were purged from the rolls.
Yes indeed, and this
article is reviewed mostly because of Greg Palast, about whom I wrote before (the latest
is here), because he knows a whole lot
about voter suppression.
Here is more, and this
is about Georgia,
but there is a lot more voter suppression in other American startes as
Incidentally, Georgia has
slightly more than 10 million inhabitants, which means it has about 6
million voters, which again means that over 500,000 suppressed voters
amounts to something like 1/12th (over 8%) of all voters - which indeed
easily could make a win for the Republicans.
How many Georgians
do you believe have been disenfranchised and what is your evidence?
Brian Kemp, Georgia’s
secretary of state, purged 550,702 Georgians from the voter rolls in
2016 and 2017 — that is, canceled their registrations. I’m not
guessing. After much resistance, Kemp turned over the names and
addresses of each one of these purged voters in response to a threat of
a federal lawsuit (which I filed in federal court in Atlanta and served
on Kemp Friday).
Of these, we are certain that
340,134 were wrongly removed, with no notice that they were purged.
Here is more about the extent of voter suppression in the USA:
How is this part of
a larger pattern nationwide in terms of voter disenfranchisement?
I’ve already filed 90-Day
notices of intent to file federal lawsuits against 26 other secretaries
of state and boards of elections. Kemp invented nothing — he and his
crony Kris Kobach of Kansas are simply the advance guard of a new wave
of officials, most (but not all) Republicans, who are using suspect and
racially poisonous schemes such as Interstate Crosscheck to purge their
Most officials have come
out with their hands up and their files open. In addition to Georgia,
I’ve already posted the ridiculously large purge lists of Indiana,
Nevada, Nebraska, Illinois and Colorado on GregPalast.com, with more
Quite so. Here
Palast´s opinion, which also is the end of this article:
Yes indeed. And this is a
strongly recommended article.
The fact that millions of
voters lost their registrations without notice that
they’d been purged means that Democrats may have effectively lost any
chance of winning key elections before a single vote is cast.
5. The American Social
This article is by Robert Reich on
his site. It is a short article and I have just one quote from it:
I like Reich because
he is intelligent
and sensible, but I probably am a bit to the left of
him on several issues. And I also like the above values - but I
should note the following about them:
Based on responses to
polls, a majority of us–Republicans, Democrats, and Independents–
have consistently agreed to 5 simple principles. This is the American
should have an equal chance to get ahead.
Second: No one should
be discriminated against because of race, religion, gender, or sexual
Third: No one who works
full time should have to live in poverty.
Fourth: People should take
responsibility for themselves and their families, but deserve help if
they need it through no fault of their own.
And fifth: No one
should have special privilege and power based on wealth or class.
These values are anchored
in moral teachings and democratic ideals that often predate the
founding of our republic.
First: In fact, this is massively contradicted by the present USA,
for someone born in a rich family has many more chances than those who
are not, while those who are rich have many more chances to keep and
extemd their riches than those who are not rich.
Second: In fact, I take it that most Americans are being
discriminated because of their race or because of their
religion (or being atheists), or of their gender (all
women), or because of their sexual preference.
Third: At least tens of millions of Americans work full time (or
more) and have to live in deep poverty.
Fourth: I think people who need help should get help. Period.
Fifth: But everyone with considerably more income or power than the
majority (say: 90%) will have special principles because of his power
I conclude that none of Reich´s
¨American Social Contract¨
works today. This is absolutely no reason to be against them, but it
does seem to be a fact. For some of the best reasons why this is a
fact, see item 3. And this is a recommended
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 (!!).