in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from March 4, 2019
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 three 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:
. Selections from March 4, 2019:
1. Don't Know Much About Health
Care and Public Health
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. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shows Her
Party How It's Done
3. A Bold New Idea to Boost Wages
4. Judiciary Panel to Request Docs From 60+ Entities Tied to
5. "What Surprises Me Is the Extent of the Mess"
Know Much About Health Care and Public Health
This article is by
Roy M. Poses MD at Health Care Renewal. I abbreviated the title. It
starts as follows:
A major focus of Health Care Renewal has been
problems in leadership and governance of health care organizations,
which we believe became major causes of health care dysfunction. We
have discussed how leadership is often ill-informed.
More and more people leading non-profit, for-profit and government
health care organizations have had no training or experience in
actually caring for patients, or in biomedical, clinical or public
health research. Instead, people trained in business management have
largely supplanted health care professionals as leaders of health care
organizations. This is part of a societal wave of "managerialism."
Most organizations are now run by such generic
managers, rather than people familiar with the particulars of the
organizations' work. Obviously health care and health policy
decisions made by ill-informed people are likely to have detrimental
effects on patients' and the public's health.
However, since 2016, when we
all seem to have stumbled into an alternative universe, most of the
examples we have found of ill-informed health care leadership have come
from politicians, government officials, and pundits. Cases have
lately been coming thick and fast, so here is our latest round-up, in
chronological order by date of publication.
Yes, I agree.
I also believe in managerialism, that also happens in Europe and in
Holland, which I think is basically a kind of fraud, because it
consists of substituting lawyers (often children of the rich)
without any knowledge of something as the top people producing
that something, which to me seems a fraud, especially as these
managers usually earn more than the people they replaced, who may have
or did have knowledge of what they were producing.
And I am reviewing this article mostly because I am ill since more
than 40 years now, as is my ex, but both of us were described
as "psychosomatizers" by 27 out of 30 Dutch medics we saw, from 1979
till March 2018, since when we have "a serious and chronic
disease", as my ex and I (both of us are psychologists, and became so
while ill) have tried to convince Dutch medics of, without any
(See ME/CFS, for that is what my ex
and I have.)
Also, while I like Poses MD and Health Care Renewal, after having
faced 30 Dutch medics of which 27 were grossly incompetent, I insist it
is not only managerial types at the head of many businesses, including
health businesses, but it are also the
medical doctors themselves who
are incompetent - and in Holland medics now are "educated" in half
the time their "colleagues" were 40 and more years ago, and in
"universities" where the average IQ is almost certainly below 115
(which is were it was in 1984, which was the last time to my knowledge
when this was tested).
Back to the article, which does come with quite a few examples of sick,
idiotic, stupid, ignorant or propagandizing and lying politicians and
Here is the first example:
Instead of on the very
easy availability of guns in the USA. Here is the second example:
In November, 2018, the
Washington Post reported,
Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has been forthright about what he believes are the
root causes of mass shootings. A few months ago, he blamed gun violence
on children’s access to smartphones, video games and psychotropic drugs.
to the Arizona Republic, on February 7, 2019,
concerns about the proliferation of erotic images online and their
'toxic' effect on behavior, Arizona lawmakers are pushing to declare
pornography a public health crisis.
State Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, introduced a measure that declares
the crisis and states porn 'perpetuates a sexually toxic environment
that damages all areas of our society.'
In fact, there
is no evidence whatsoever that pornography "damages all areas of our society". Here is the third and last example
that I quote from this article:
I don’t really wash
my hands ever,' Hegseth continued.
'I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them.
Therefore they’re not real,' Hegseth insisted.
'So you’re becoming immune to all the bacteria,' Bila replied.
'Exactly,' said Hegseth. 'I can’t get sick.'
is totally unique, or is lying like an idiot.
There is considerably more in the article, that ends with the following
Yes indeed: I completely
agree and this is a recommended article.
We are seeing increasing
numbers of cases of spectacularly ill-informed statements made by
people in positions to influence political decisions affecting health
care and public health.
We have proposed that
ill-informed leadership of health care organizations is often the
result of "managerialism."
We have discussed this doctrine, promoted in business schools that
people trained in management should lead every type of human
organization and endeavor. Management by people from the
disciplines most relevant to the mission and nature of particular
organizations should be eschewed. So managers, not physicians or
other health care professionals, should lead health care organizations.
However, the increasing
numbers of spectacularly ignorant utterances made by political figures
and newly appointed leaders of government health care organiations cry
out for other explanations. One may be the increasing influence
in the health care space. Another may be a trend toward
anti-intellectualism or what has recently been termed "The Death of
Expertise" (see this New
York Times review of a book with that title.) And the extreme
relativism of post-modernism, which we also discussed
in the context of the current debate on health care reform, could be
True health care reform
requires clear thinking and the input of people who actually know
something about health care.
Ocasio-Cortez Shows Her Party How It's Done
This article is by
Julia Conley on Truthdig and originally on Common Dreams. It starts as
I like Ocasio-Cortez, and
this is the reason for reviewing the present article. Here is some more:
In under five minutes of pointed
questioning late Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) put
Congress a significant step closer to getting to the bottom of
President Donald Trump’s long history of alleged fraud and financial
The New York congresswoman
elicited some of the most concrete information that was extracted from
Michael Cohen during his testimony before the House Oversight Committee
Yes. Incidentally, I skipped
a fair bit of Tweets because I strongly
dislike Tweets anyhow,
while I refuse to reproduce Tweets by obvious aliases.
Ocasio-Cortez focused her
questioning on allegations that Trump has undervalued his assets to
avoid paying taxes; where Congress would be able to find a “treasure
trove” of documents held by the National Enquirer which
contain damaging information about the president; and where the
committee should look for evidence that Trump has committed tax fraud.
“Do you think we need to
review his financial statements and his tax returns to compare them?”
“Yes, and you’d find it at
the Trump [Organization],” Cohen replied.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
I think this is mostly
misleading, for if it were true there were tens or hundreds of
thousands of persons with "a
razor-sharp BS detector"
simply because they also had "the opportunity to “talk to thousands of people over the
In response to the praise
on Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez credited her years of experience as a
bartender with affording her the opportunity to “talk to thousands of
people over the years.”
“Forces you to get great at
reading people and hones a razor-sharp BS detector,” the congresswoman
And I think it is considerably more likely that Ocasio-Cortez
intelligent than most (though I know this is offensive to the stupid
and the ignorant).
This is a recommended article.
3. A Bold New Idea to
This article is by
Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
I agree with the first
paragraph (but I can easily "afford a $500 emergency", although this is mostly because I am quite careful
with money and because I do not live in the USA but in Holland).
The challenges are well
known: Working Americans are struggling to keep up with the increasing
cost of living. Unemployment is low, but wages of most Americans have
remained flat. More than three-quarters of Americans are now living
paycheck to paycheck. Most can’t afford a $500 emergency.
There’s a simple and bold
solution that would cost about as much as the Trump tax cut. But
instead of helping corporations and the rich, it would help millions of
working and middle-class Americans by putting money directly in their
I’m talking about expanding
something called the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. And although
it’s been around for decades, it can be the basis of a revolutionary
change in the lives of millions of people.
As to the Earned
Income Tax Credit: This is the first time I hear of it, so
inserted a link to the Wikipedia on it. And here is some more of it:
I more or less agree with
the above, but should add that I did not review four specific
that Reich made about the Earned
Income Tax Credit, mostly because I know too little about it.
As it now stands, the EITC
gives thousands of dollars to the working poor, with the amount of
money they receive gradually decreasing as their earnings rise until
they reach a cap, which is now a little over $50,000.
It works so well because it
directly boosts the incomes of people who need it the most. Cash gives
people freedom and dignity— the power to decide, for example, whether
to have their car repaired or buy new shoes for their kids or save for
a rainy day.
When working people have
money to spend, they spend most of it in the communities they live in.
This, in turn, causes businesses to hire more people to meet the
demand. It’s a virtuous cycle that lessens poverty, makes the tax code
fairer, and boosts the overall economy.
Here is the ending of Reich's article:
I think I agree, but I also
believe that the "big and bold" changes Reich proposes to make to the
existing Earned Income Tax
Credit simply are too large to be realized under Trump. Then
know little about Earned Income
Tax Credit and this is a recommended article.
Presto. We create a kind of
cost-of-living refund to lift the incomes of a third of Americans, the
people who need it most, and we also include the working class and
lower middle class.
At the same time, we begin
to rewrite the tax code in favor of ordinary Americans, instead of
large corporations and the wealthy.
Eighty-three percent of the
benefits of the Trump tax cuts will go to the top 1 percent of
Americans by 2027. Expanding and modernizing the Earned Income Tax
Credit can help put things back in balance.
It’s simple. It’s fair.
It’s necessary. It’s big and bold. Enlarge and expand the Earned Income
Panel to Request Docs From 60+ Entities Tied to Trump
This article is by
Jessica Corbett on Common Dreams. I abbreviated the title. It starts as
I say, and this is
interesting and also shows the new possibilities the Democrats have now
that they have the majority in the House.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.),
chairman of the House Judiciary Committee—which has jurisdiction over
impeachments—said Sunday that he believes President Donald Trump
obstructed justice and his panel will issue document requests on Monday
to dozens of people tied to Trump, including members of his family,
business empire, and administration.
"Tomorrow, we will be
issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals
from the White House to the Department of Justice, Donald Trump, Jr.,
Allen Weisselberg, to begin the investigations to present the case to
the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption, and abuse
of power," Nadler said on ABC News' "This Week."
Here is some more:
Yes, I agree with
(and still believe what I believe since 2016: The Russians may have
interfered some in the American elections, but not much, though this is
While Special Counsel
Robert Mueller is very specifically investigating allegations of
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any
potential collusion with the Russians or efforts to obstruct that probe
by members of Trump's campaign or administration, Nadler said
"we have to focus much more broadly on [issues like] abuses of power."
Regarding the Mueller
probe, ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos asked
Nadler, "Do you think the president obstructed justice?" The
congressman responded: "Yes, I do. It's very clear that the president
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
I completely agree
Nadler and this is a recommended article.
Their comments came just
days after Trump's former fixer and longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, appeared before
the House Oversight Committee to offer a damning testimony in which he
said: "Donald Trump is a man who ran for office to make his brand
great, not to make our country great... He had no desire or intention
to lead this nation—only to market himself and to build his wealth and
Cohen was questioned by
Oversight Committee members after delivering his prepared remarks and
detailed a long history of fraud and financial crimes. As Nadler
summarized in his ABC News interview on Sunday, "What we
learned from the Cohen testimony was that he directly implicated the
president in various crimes, both while seeking the office of president
and while in the White House."
Surprises Me Is the Extent of the Mess"
This article is
by Jörg Schindler on Spiegel International. It starts as follows (and
is an interview with Ivan Rogers, who
was the ambassador of the UK to the European Union for three years
until he stepped down in January 2017). It starts as follows:
I agree with
Rogers (and I
like(d) Great Britain and briefly lived there, but long ago), and, like
him, I am surprised (somewhat) by "the extent of the mess".
DER SPIEGEL: Sir
Ivan, did you expect such a political mess when you resigned two years
Ivan Rogers: I
that it would be a long, tortuous and potentially conflictual process.
That doesn't surprise me. What does surprise me is the extent of the
mess and the fact that four weeks before the deadline, the political
class is unable to come to any serious conclusion about what kind of
Brexit they want. Of course, Brexit is a revolutionary moment, but I
have never seen a political
crisis like this in my
DER SPIEGEL: Prime
Minister Theresa May this week cleared the way for a Brexit delay. Is a no-deal
scenario off the table for now?
Rogers: It would be
a mistake to conclude that. I think there is a serious possibility that
we are still
paralyzed after March, with no resolution. There will then be a
risk that we end up with a no-deal exit in June or July. I don't think
there is an appetite in lots of European capitals to simply roll
forward extensions while we are still working out where to go.
Here is some more:
Yes, I agree (and
myself that May did badly and is doing badly). Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
DER SPIEGEL: Would a
different prime minister have done better than Theresa May?
Rogers: They would
have had different priorities. Immigration and the free movement of
people is the central question for Theresa May. She wants to reduce the
numbers of people coming into the UK both from inside and outside the
EU. The consequence was always obvious: Once you end that, you can't
have free movement of goods, services and capital. So you have to leave
the single market. And if you want a fully autonomous trade policy, you
cannot stay in the customs union either.
I am not amazed (and would
be at least somewhat amazed if I had read that "politicians" do understand
serious issues), but if so, then the "British politicians" who "don't
understand what the single market or the customs union is or how the EU
really works" should
DER SPIEGEL: May is
not the only British politician who doesn't totally understand the
Rogers: This is an
endemic problem. I am one of the few who has worked for the bulk of my
career on European issues. British politicians don't understand what
the single market or the customs union is or how the EU really works.
O well. This is a recommended article.
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 (!!).