from October 31, 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
five crisis files
that are mostly well worth reading:
A. Selections from October 31, 2018:
1. The Internet Will Be the Death of Us
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. White Supremacist Ideology & Conspiracies Have Fueled
3. A Glimpse Into the U.S. Warfare State Abyss
4. Daniel Ellsberg: The Threat of Nuclear Catastrophe Is All
5. The Truth About Trump’s Economy
Internet Will Be the Death of Us
This article is by
Frank Bruni on The New York Times. It starts as follows:
Ephron once wrote a brilliant essay about the trajectory of her and
many other people’s infatuations with email, from the thrill of
discovering this speedy new way of keeping in touch to the hell of not
being able to turn it off.
come to feel that way about the whole of the internet.
a glittering dream of expanded knowledge and enhanced connection it was
at the start. What a nightmare of manipulated biases and metastasized
hate it has turned into.
I selected this article because of its title, for I
quite agree that the internet will (probably) be the death of us.
In fact I also agree with the arguments Bruni gives, but then
again they are not mine for the thesis that is the title of
Here are my arguments - and since I wrote them
days ago, in reaction to a very fine article by Robert Scheer (the
chief editor of Truthdig) here they are again - and the next bit is a
selection from what I wrote on October 29, 2018:
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
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 the 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.
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).
Back to Bruni´s article, which is not concerned
the fact that everyone´s personal data are stolen by the secret
services and by rich corporations who live on advertising, but on
the internet does for the more than 2 billion people it gave a voice to:
In fact, there are many
more examples as given in the last quotation, but Bruni is right.
was on the internet, with its privacy and anonymity, that Dylann Roof researched white
supremacy and formulated his evil conviction that violence was
necessary. He then went into a historic church in Charleston, S.C., and
fatally shot nine African-American parishioners in June 2015.
was on the internet — on Facebook, to be exact — that Alek Minassian
posted a pledge of allegiance to the “incel rebellion,” which refers to
the resentments of “involuntarily celibate” men who can’t interest the
women around them in sex. He then used a van to mow down and kill 10 people in Toronto in April.
Enclaves of the internet
warped the worldviews of all of these men, convincing them of the
primacy and purity of their rage.
Here is more by Bruni:
internet is the technology paradox writ more monstrous than ever. It’s
a nonpareil tool for learning, roving and constructive
community-building. But it’s unrivaled, too, in the spread of lies,
narrowing of interests and erosion of common cause. It’s a glorious
buffet, but it pushes individual users toward only the red meat or just
the kale. We’re ridiculously overfed and ruinously undernourished.
creates terrorists. But well shy of that, it sows enmity by jumbling
together information and misinformation to a point where there’s no
discerning the real from the Russian.
Yes I agree, but I add that this is only partially
due to the internet itself, and is mainly due to three facts:
(1) Until the internet, it took some qualifications
to publish anything in a publication
that was somewhat widely read, but the internet gave the
possibility of publishing to everyone
with internet, normally anonymously, and
quite regardless of their education, intelligence or relevant
(2) this gave far more voice and influence to
and the ignorant
(who all also can buy things on the internet, and are therefore
followed by Google and Facebook) who are the majority of
(3) the internet made it possible to know everything about anyone,
and store the results, which is the complete
end of all privacy, which - I am certain - also is the beginning of a tyranny of the very few who have
access to this knowledge about everyone, notably the secret
services (of every country, to the best of my knowledge) - and see my arguments.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
same Times article noted that a search for the word “Jews” on the
photo-sharing site Instagram on Monday led to 11,696 posts with the
hashtag “#jewsdid911,” insanely blaming them for the attacks that
brought down the World Trade Center, along with similarly grotesque
images and videos that demonized Jews. Anti-Semitism may be ancient,
but this delivery system for it is entirely modern.
utterly terrifying. I don’t know exactly how we square free speech and
free expression — which are paramount — with a better policing of the
internet, but I’m certain that we need to approach that challenge with
more urgency than we have mustered so far. Democracy is at stake. So
I say, for I did not know this. I agree
with Bruni´s conclusion - the internet may well be the primal cause
of what will kill everyone - but my arguments are supplementary
to his, and seem considerably stronger to me. And this is a strongly
Supremacist Ideology & Conspiracies Have Fueled U.S. Domestic Terror
This article is by
Amy Goodman and Juan González on Democracy Now! It starts with the
swept the country last week, when a white gunman stormed a peaceful
synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 peaceful worshipers in what has
been described as the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history.
The attack came a day after an avid Trump supporter in Florida was
arrested and charged with mailing bombs to more than a dozen of the
president’s prominent critics, and three days after a white gunman
fatally shot two African Americans at a grocery store shortly after
trying and failing to enter a black church. We speak with Lois Beckett,
a senior reporter for The Guardian covering gun policy, criminal
justice and the far right in the United States. “The shooter in
Pittsburgh was not just anti-Semitic,” Beckett says. “He had been
radicalized by white supremacist ideology.”
Yes, although I should say
that I am no fan of The Guardian since this made copying
difficult, and besides, I very much dislike Tony Blair, whereas
the political and moral position of The Guardian seems (to me, at
least) best described as Blatcherist.
Anyway... here is more:
AMY GOODMAN: (..)
Lois, welcome back to Democracy
Now! Can you talk about what has happened this week, the weapons
used, the people behind these attacks?
BECKETT: In the discussion
that we’ve had over these three incidents, and especially these two
shootings—one in which the gunman looks like he initially tried to
target a church and another an attack on a synagogue—we’ve often been
talking about this in terms of hate or political rhetoric. And what’s
really important to advance the discussion is to look at the evidence
that the shooter in Pittsburgh was not just anti-Semitic, that he had
been radicalized by a white supremacist ideology. We saw in the
criminal complaint against the Pittsburgh shooter that he told a SWAT officer, while in custody, that he had wanted
to kill Jews because Jews were trying to commit a genocide on his
people. This is the central conspiracy of contemporary white
supremacist movements in the United States, the idea that there is a
massive plot to make white people extinct and that everything from
immigration to accepting refugees to feminism to multiculturalism, that
they’re all part of this plot.
I did not know
but if these anti-semitists are thinking that (and I suppose Beckett is
right but I do not know this) it shows they are either quite stupid and ignorant
themselves or else (indeed) are intentionally trying to get a
lot of support from the stupid and the ignorant (and possibly
Here is some more:
Yes, but I think there is
an enormous numerical and
factual difference between publishing before the internet
and publishing since the internet and the a-social media (for
to say that Facebook is ¨a social medium¨ is plain bullshit).
GONZÁLEZ: And, Lois Beckett, both—in many of these cases, the
folks are fed or nurtured through social media. In fact, many of their
thoughts were—reporters initially got through checking their social
media accounts. The New York Times has a fascinating story
today saying that just since the shooting in Pittsburgh on Saturday, on
Instagram there were over 11,900 posts with the hashtag #JewsDid911, so
that there’s an enormous—social media is still becoming the main
organizing form for many of these extremists. I’m wondering if you
could comment on that.
BECKETT: It’s absolutely
true that social media and online spaces have become really crucial
places for radicalization. But it’s also important to realize that
these social media platforms are tools that white supremacists are
using to try to recruit and radicalize people.
Here is the last bit I quote from this article:
My own conclusion is that the tremendous
anti-semitism is especially due to the tremendous
rise in people who
can publish their ideas on the internet, which again is almost
completely due to the a-social media. (If Facebook did not
html-without-any -problem, most of the 2 billion or more new
publishers would not have been abled to
publish except by email.) And this is a recommended article.
GONZÁLEZ: Well, the Anti-Defamation League has found that
anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. rose by 57 percent in 2017, the
largest single-year increase since it started recording such
statistics. I’m wondering if you—your sense—and this is, of course, not
an isolated situation here in the United States. There’s been a rise in
anti-Semitic incidents across Europe, as well. I’m wondering if you
could talk about the context in which this is occurring, as more and
more right-wing governments are coming to power across the industrial
world and even in many parts of Asia and Latin America, as well.
BECKETT: (...) I spoke to one
activist who’s an anti-fascist from Charlottesville, who says that she
constantly monitors Gab for the harassment of white supremacists, and
she actually got some of these Robert Bowers posts, that she passed
them by, she saw them, she has screenshots of a couple of them, but
that the kind of hatred that he was spewing was so common on this
platform, that there were so many dozens and hundreds of men sharing
equally extreme racist propaganda, that nothing about what he had said
had stood out to her.
Glimpse Into the U.S. Warfare State Abyss
is by John Bachar on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
Precisely - and this is
the beginning of an excellent article (by a mathematician).
Here is more:
In the 242-year existence
of the U.S. (1776–2018), the nation has been involved in 79
If we define a “war year”
as one during which the U.S. was involved in war part or all of the
year, and if we define a “peace year” as one during which the U.S. was
not involved in war, then the record shows there were 224 war years
(92.5 percent) and only 18 peace years (7.5 percent).
There have been 45
presidents. If we define a “war president” as one whose entire term
included at least one war year, and if we define a “peace president” as
one whose entire term included only peace years, then the record shows
there were 45 war presidents and no peace presidents!
In addition to the
aforementioned 79 wars, the U.S. is involved in many “secret wars.” In
2017, U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs and Army
Green Berets, deployed to 149
countries around the world, according to figures provided to
TomDispatch by U.S. Special Operations Command.
I agree with Eisenhower
and have several times quoted him in Nederlog, but it should be
admitted that Eisenhower´s very correct
warning has been totally in
vain. (See the next item for a partial
explanation of this fact.)
Prisoner of the
President Dwight D.
Eisenhower, in his farewell address to the nation on Jan. 17,
against a formidable union of defense contractors and the armed forces:
In the councils of
government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial
complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power
exists and will persist.
We must never let the
weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic
processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and
knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge
industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods
and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Here is more:
The defense industry is a
partnership between government agencies and the private-sector industry
involved in research, development, production and service of military
programs, arms, personnel and facilities.
DOD is the largest
employer in the world. It has 3.2 million employees,
including 1.6 million active-duty military personnel, of which 250,000
staff foreign U.S. military bases. There are 801,000 in the Coast Guard
and Reserves and 800,000 civilian employees.
DOD defense contractors
include over 50,000
corporations. The total employment is just under 2,000,000.
DOD has contractors in 190
of the 200 nations on earth.
There are between 1,077 and
1,180 U.S. military bases dotting the globe.
In each of 80 different countries, there are at least one or more bases.
in the original article there are several maps and charts).
Here is the ending of
this excellent article, that outlines how the enormous amounts spend on
war in the USA (from the taxes) could have been used in the last 19
years of wars:
As I said, this is an excellent
article in which there is a lot more, which is very
A future outlay of at least
$23.374 trillion (= military/national debt spending for the
19-fiscal-year period 2001 to 2019) would go a long way in providing
the trillions of dollars to pay for:
• Free tuition for every enrolled post-secondary student.
• Free job training for anyone who seeks employment.
• Rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure of America.
• Medicare for all citizens.
• Free internet service for all households.
• Free mass transit for all urban regions.
• Free U.S. Postal Service.
• Conversion from fossil fuel usage to clean energy sources (i.e.,
• Restoration and creation of national parks, wilderness areas, and
national monuments with free access to all.
•Establish regulations for organic farming and the elimination of
transformation would enable all to thrive and enjoy the benefits of a
much more humane society.
Are you ready to start?
If not now, when?
Ellsberg: The Threat of Nuclear Catastrophe Is All Too Real
is by Paul Jay on
Truthdig and originally on The Real News
Network. It starts as follows (and is part 1 of more parts):
PAUL JAY: Welcome
to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay, and this is Reality Asserts
Itself. And I’m in Berkeley, California.
Daniel Ellsberg is a former
U.S. military analyst employed by the RAND Corporation who precipitated
a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon
Papers, the top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision
making about the Vietnam War. He has written many books and has been
the subject of documentary films. Perhaps no single whistleblower has
made such a heroic contribution in exposing the real aims of U.S.
foreign policy and war planning. His recent book is entitled “The
Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner.”
“The Doomsday Machine” is,
to my mind, the most important modern history book certainly I’ve ever
read. Ellsberg not only debunks the central thesis of the Cold War and
U.S. foreign policy for the last 75 years, but warns of the current
danger of nuclear catastrophe. Because of what’s at stake it’s an
absolute must-read for anyone that cares about our future.
is a quite important American, who released the Pentagon Papers
in 1971, that helped to bring down president Nixon. He recently
Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, a book with his
recollections and analysis of a second cache of secret documents
related to the U.S. nuclear arsenal.
This book seems to be completely uninteresting to Wikipedia,
for it is not reviewed. This is another sign that
Wikipedia is growing worse
In any case, I like
Jay´s argument (who also is not anonymous, as are the
Here is more:
I completely agree
Ellsberg. Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
Here’s how Ellsberg
describes the book’s objective:
“The hidden reality I aim
to expose is that for over 50 years all-out thermonuclear war—an
irreversible, unprecedented, and almost unimaginable calamity for
civilization and most life on Earth—has been, like the disasters of
Chernobyl, Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, Fukushima, and before these
World War I, a catastrophe waiting to happen, on a scale infinitely
greater than any of these. And that is still true today.
“No policies in human history
have more deserved to be recognized as immoral or insane. The story of
how this calamitous predicament came about and how and why it has
persisted over a half a century is a chronicle of human madness.“
I don’t think that
any of our presidents wanted a nuclear war at all. But they did want to
threaten that they wanted to base alliances on that threat and that
promise, and to prepare for it. And the preparing was not a cost,
really. It was a benefit to General Dynamics, and Raytheon, Lockheed,
Boeing, who to this day depend for most of their sales and their
profits and their jobs on new weapons, despite the fact that we’ve had
the ability to blow up most humanity for over half a century.
So that cost is being
maintained, essentially. Why? I’ve asked myself this, and I’ve asked
others, in the last 10 and 15 years. Why again is Russia and Putin, no
longer leaders of a communist philosophy which at least pretended to
global ambitions, not that it was ever able to come close to achieving
those. But Russia makes no appearance of that. You know, with the loss
of East Europe and the Warsaw Pact, their economy, I’ve been told,
their GDP, GNP, is somewhat on the level of Italy.
But they are not—not a great
world power, ever. And why this- the, why this fear? And I think the
answer is much as it was 70 years ago, that only Russia provides a
rationale for this defense mobilization, these budgets, year after year.
Again I quite
(and I have pointed out many times in Nederlog that Russia is
communist or socialist but is capitalist since 1992): In fact, the
hysteria of the Americans seems to be fuelled by ¨General Dynamics, and Raytheon, Lockheed,
Boeing, who to this day depend for most of their sales and their
profits and their jobs on new weapons, despite the fact that we’ve
the ability to blow up most of humanity for over half a century¨. This is a strongly
5. The Truth About
is by Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows, and this is also
the only bit I will quote from this brief article:
Yes indeed. And in brief: The
American economy is good for the 10% of the richest Americans, and is
bad for the remaining 90%, and I think that is quite
is a recommended article.
I keep hearing that
although Trump may be a scoundrel or worse, he’s done a great job for
Baloney. Yes, the stock
market is great, but 84 percent of it is owned by the richest 10
percent of Americans.
The economy is growing, but
very little of that growth is trickling down to average Americans. Jobs
may be back but they pay squat, especially compared to the rising costs
of housing, healthcare, and education.
Trump slashed taxes on the
wealthy and corporations, and he promised everyone else a wage boost of
$4,000 but it never happened.
continue to cut pension and healthcare benefits. Jobs are less secure
than ever. One in 5 jobs is now held by a worker under contract,
without any unemployment insurance, sick leave, or retirement savings.
Housing costs are
skyrocketing, with a large portion of Americans now paying a third of
their paychecks in rent or mortgages.