in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from March 25, 2019
This is a
Nederlog of Monday,
2019. In fact, there are two changes in today´s NL:
First, 4 out of 5 items
are about Mueller´s Report on Trump, and second I did not sleep
night at all (having ME/CFS I am
sleeping badly since a very long
time), which means the present NL is probably going to be short.
I suppose and hope both changes will disappear by tomorrow or the day
(depending on my sleeping).
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:
A. Selections from March 25, 2019:
1. Mueller Found No Evidence of
The items 1 - 5 are today's
selections from the 35 sites that I look at
everyorning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
2. Lawrence Ferlinghetti Is Still
Revolutionary at Age 100
3. ‘The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate’
4. Attorney General Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report
5. Victory for Trump: Mueller report finds no evidence
Found No Evidence of Collusion
This article is by
James Risen on The Intercept. I abbreviated the title. This is from
near its beginning:
Well... I agree
first quoted paragraph, and indeed have said similar things for a long
time, in which I was strongly helped by articles from the VIPS.
think that the other two paragraphs may be too optimistic
although I am not certain.
On Sunday, William Barr,
Trump’s new attorney general, issued
a summary of the findings of Mueller’s investigation, saying
that the special counsel ultimately found no evidence that the
Trump campaign had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential
While Trump predictably
declared himself exonerated, the most important fact was that
Mueller was able to complete his investigation. That the
special counsel conducted a comprehensive inquiry and followed it
through to its natural end is an important sign that the U.S. system of
checks and balances is bouncing back, and that the slide into a Trump
autocracy has been halted.
That was not always a sure
thing. Early in his presidency, Trump appeared eager to bulldoze the
traditions, norms, and checks and balances that regulate the U.S.
government and limit presidential power. And it looked like he might
just get away with it.
Here is some more:
Again I agree with
first paragraph, and believe that the second may be too lenient.
Indeed, I think it is too lenient unless - at least - Mueller´s
full report gets
While he ultimately
concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and
Russia, Mueller’s investigation still led to a series of guilty pleas
and convictions of a number of high-profile people in Trump’s orbit.
Yet Mueller’s most
important legacy may be that he helped keep the system of checks and
balances from dying just long enough for others to take up the mantle.
Here is some more:
Well... I have also
maintained that I agreed the Russians did some things, and this
supports me and - more imporantly - the VIPS, who articulated most of
the evidence I relied on (together with the fact that I can program
Mueller’s full report has
not been made public, but in his letter to congressional leaders
summarizing the special counsel’s findings, Barr wrote that Mueller
found that the Russians did try to intervene in the 2016 election
through two main avenues. The Internet Research Agency, a Russian
organization, conducted a social media disinformation campaign to
interfere in the election, while the Russian government conducted
computer hacking operations against the Democrats and then leaked
Democratic emails through intermediaries, including WikiLeaks.
However, Barr wrote, “the
Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone
associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian
government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from
Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.”
Here is some more:
You´ll find Barr´s letter below. Then again, I repeat that if this is
a return to democracy, that evidence would be much stronger if
Mueller´s report gets published in full.
Mueller didn’t conclude
that Trump had committed a crime, but also did not exonerate him, Barr
wrote. Since Mueller didn’t make a decision, Barr noted, he and Deputy
Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that there is not enough
evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.
One factor in their
decision was Mueller’s conclusion that the evidence didn’t show that
Trump was guilty of an underlying crime related to Russian meddling in
the election, Barr wrote. His letter provided very few other details
about Mueller’s findings.
Here is the last bit from this article:
This is quite true
this is a strongly recommended article.
Of course, one critical
that the system of checks and balances is recovering is that the
Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in the 2018
mid-term election. Democratic control of the House means there can be
aggressive congressional investigations into Trump for the first time.
Ferlinghetti Is Still Revolutionary at Age 100
article is by Natasha Hakimi Zapata on Truthdig. It also is the only
article I review today that has little to do with Mueller and Trump,
and it is here because indeed Ferlinghetti
did become 100, and because he was and still may be a socially
rather important man and a well-known poet.
Here is the beginning of the article:
Well... possibly so (and
there is more text by Pinsky in the article). I think I should also say
that, while I have read some poetry (and more than most I have
but the same goes for reading other things), I am not a great
Legendary poet Lawrence
Ferlinghetti, who turns 100 years old on Sunday, can be described by
nearly enough epithets for every year he’s been alive. Just take a look
at three-time poet laureate Robert Pinsky’s recent description of the
centenarian in the New
entrepreneur, social critic, publisher, combat veteran, pacifist, poor
boy, privileged boy, outspoken socialist and successful capitalist,
with roots in the East Coast and the West Coast (as well as Paris),
Ferlinghetti has not just survived for a century: He epitomizes the
American culture of that century.
Then again, I did publish one bit of Ferlinghetti´s poetry, and
so last year. It is here, and I
think both the poetry and the social values are good.
Here is some more:
Yes indeed. Incidentally,
Ferlinghetti identifies as a philosophical
anarchist, as I do (in my
case mostly in the tradition of Thoreau), and
there is a saying of his
in the Wikipedia article on him, namely this:
Truthdig Editor in Chief
Robert Scheer, who once worked at City Lights and has been a lifelong
friend of Ferlinghetti, writes about the city’s festivities, “Lawrence
turns 100 today and poetry owns the Barbary Coast in a wild romp of
readings at bars, galleries, and other watering holes in North Beach
around Broadway and Columbus where City Lights Bookstore still stands
as the best rebuke to the slick mindlessness of capitalist culture that
now overwhelms Ferlinghetti’s once beloved bohemian San Francisco.”
¨While Ferlinghetti has expressed that he is
"an anarchist at heart," he concedes that the world would need to be
populated by "saints" in order for pure anarchism
to be lived practically. Hence he espouses what can be achieved by
Scandinavian-style democratic socialism.¨
I mostly agree
though my own attitide is not so much that ¨the world would need to be populated by
"saints" in order for pure anarchism
to be lived practically¨
but that it needs to be populated by people who are considerably
intelligent than the average (and alas it isn´t).
Here is a bit more on Ferlinghetti´s attitudes:
Yes, I can well imagine
this. Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
On top of the many hats
Ferlinghetti has worn throughout his life, he always wears that of a
World War II veteran, as Scheer notes. His experiences during the war
led the poet to become an “instant pacifist,” in his words. Here’s an
excerpt of Ferlinghetti’s retelling of his time in Nagasaki after the
atomic bombing from a Scheer
When we went over to
Nagasaki, it was total devastation. It was like a landscape in hell.
What was left of bodies had all been cleared away by the time we got
there, which was about seven weeks after the bomb had been dropped…. It
was acres of mud, with bones and hair sticking up out of it. And as
I’ve said before, it really made me an instant pacifist. Up to that
time, I’d been a good American boy, in the boy scouts, etc…Nagasaki
really woke me up.
A prominent voice of the
wide-open poetry movement that began in the 1950s, Lawrence
Ferlinghetti writes poetry, translation, fiction, theater, art
criticism, film narration, and essays. Often concerned with politics
and social issues, Ferlinghetti’s poetry counters an elitist conception
of art and the artist’s role in the world. Although his poetry is often
concerned with everyday life and civic themes, it is never simply
personal or polemical, and it stands on his grounding in tradition and
He was a commander of three different submarine chasers in the Atlantic
and saw action at the Normandy invasion. Later in the war, he was
assigned to the attack transport USS Selinurin the Pacific. In
1945, just after the atomic bomb obliterated Nagasaki, he witnessed
firsthand the horrific ruins of the city. This experience was the
origin of his lifelong antiwar stance.
Quite so, and this is
a strongly recommended article.
Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate’
This article is by
the staff of Consortium News and the late Robert Parry. I abbreviated
the title. It starts as follows:
the “scandal’s” outset, Consortium News adopted journalistic
skepticism, led by founding editor, the late Robert Parry, with Ray
McGovern, Daniel Lazare, Patrick Lawrence, Joe Lauria and VIPS
debunking much of the irresponsible mania that seized the land.
Yes indeed, and
Robert Parry and his Consortiumnews are the other important props
attitude towards Trump colluding with Russia to win the elections,
indeed especially because Parry published most of the VIPS´ reports -
which now also have been shown to be mostly correct, and indeed
written by some of the most knowledgeable Americans as regards both
spying and programming.
In the wake of
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report in which no one was
accused of “colluding” with Russia to steal the 2016 U.S. presidential
election, we begin a series of republication of articles originally
appearing at Consortium News that called the entire fiasco into
question. Bob Parry was in the forefront of Russia-gate
skepticism, recognizing its domestic and geopolitical dangers.
There is a whole article by Parry (from 2017), and this is from its
irony of the escalating hysteria about the Trump camp’s contacts with
Russians is that one presidential campaign in 2016 did exploit
political dirt that supposedly came from the Kremlin and other Russian
sources. Friends of that political campaign paid for this anonymous
hearsay material, shared it with American journalists and urged them to
publish it to gain an electoral advantage. But this campaign was not
Donald Trump’s; it was Hillary Clinton’s.
Yes indeed. And
this is from the ending of the same article:
journalistic problem is that everyone deserves to get a fair shot from
reporters who are supposed to be objective and fair regardless of a
person’s popularity or notoriety or what the reporter may personally
feel. That standard should apply to everyone, whether you’re a foreign
leader despised by the U.S. government or a politician detested for
your obnoxious behavior.
I mostly agree
with Parry on journalism, but I also observe that at present there
less and less real journalists, and more and more ¨journalists¨ who
call themselves journalists but who are in fact not objective nor fair,
and this is in fact a great problem, for the simple reason that
democracy can only function well if the voters know the truth about
most things, which again they can only know from the media. And
this is a recommended article.
There is no
professional justification for journalists joining in a TV-and-print
lynch mob. We also have seen too often where such wrongheaded attitudes
lead, such as to the groupthink that Iraq’s hated dictator Saddam
Hussein was hiding WMDs, or in an earlier time to the McCarthyism that
destroyed the lives of Americans who were smeared as unpatriotic
because of their dissident political views.
So, yes, even
Donald Trump deserves not to be railroaded by a mainstream media that
wants desperately – along with other powerful forces in Official
Washington – to see him run out of town on a rail and will use any
pretext to do so, even if it means escalating the risks of a nuclear
war with Russia.
General Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report
This article is by
the Common Dreams staff on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
Well... you can very
probably read it, but my eyes are still not good enough
to read 4 pages
of black text on a white background, and I did not even try. (My eyes
collapsed in June 2012, and at that time I could not look for a
at black text on a real white background without getting more pain in
my eyes. Since then that has improved a lot, but my eyes are still not
U.S. Attorney General
William Barr on Sunday afternoon sent congressional lawmakers a 4-page
letter offering a summary of his initial review of the report submitted
to the Justice Department by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday.
The initial headlines on
the contents of the summary highlighted that Mueller's probe found no
evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to
interfere in the 2016 elections, but that the Special Counsel's report "stops
short" of exonerating President Donald Trump from allegations of
obstruction of justice or other possible misdeeds.
According to Barr's letter,
the Mueller report put it this way: "While this report does not
conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not
In a statement from the
White House, the administration characterized the Mueller report as
exoneration" of the president.
The letter was sent to the
chairs and ranking members of both the House and Senate Judiciary
Committees: Sen Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein
(D-Calif.), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.).
Read the full 4-page
I suppose I will read it eventually, but it needs to be published on a
non-white background for me to be able to read it. But this is a
recommended article, and is the only article I found with the
of Barr´s letter.
for Trump: Mueller report finds no evidence
This article is
by Andrew O´Hehir on Salon. I abbreviated the title. It starts as
indeed. Here is some more:
In a mixed verdict that President Trump has
already declared to be a "Complete and Total EXONERATION," special
counsel Robert Mueller has apparently informed the Justice Department
that he found no evidence of a conspiracy between Trump’s 2016 campaign
and the Russian government.
Mueller’s report to Attorney General William
Barr suggested, however, that Trump could have committed a crime by
attempting to obstruct the various investigations into the Russia
scandal, although it stopped short of directly accusing him. That
detail suggests that the president’s legal troubles may not be over,
although his numerous protestations of “no collusion” now appear to be
supported by the results of Mueller’s 22-month investigation,
In a letter
delivered to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and
Senate Judiciary committees on Sunday, and then made public, Barr
quoted Mueller as writing that his investigation “did not establish
that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the
Russian government in election interference activities.¨
In an ensuing passage that is sure to be
controversial, Barr went on to explain his own interpretation of the
evidence presented by Mueller, writing that “Deputy Attorney General
Rod Rosenstein and I have concluded that the evidence developed during
the Special Counsel’s investigation is not sufficient to establish that
the President has committed an obstruction-of- justice offense.” Barr
further explained that their determination was not related to or guided
by “the constitutional considerations that surround the indictment and
criminal prosecution of a sitting president.”
Democrats in Congress will
surely seek the release of Mueller’s full report along with the
I agree with the ¨Democrats in
my basic argument is that a real democracy requires the
publication of almost all important political documents.
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
Yes indeed: I agree.
this is a recommended article.
is now pretty
clearly off the table, and no one in Trump’s inner circle appears to be
in any danger of criminal prosecution as a result of the Mueller
investigation. Whether federal and state investigations in other
jurisdictions, including the Southern District of New York, will still
pose serious legal problems for the president is of course a different
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 3 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 (!!).