in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from April 30, 2019
This is a
Nederlog of Tuesday,
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 April 30, 2019:
1. The Last Battle
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. The Number of Giant Companies Paying
$0 in Corporate Taxes
Doubled In 2018
3. Trump is deeply underwater with voters on this key 2020
4. 5 Responses to Climate Change Deniers
5. 62% of Americans Believe US Economy Primarily Benefits Rich
1. The Last
article is by Chris Hedges on Truthdig. This is from near its beginning:
I say, and yes this
article is about the Cree,
and the last link gives some more information. I do not know
much about the Cree, but it does seem as if I have to add here that
there are not 500 Crees, as the above may suggest, but that there
are in Canada some 350,000 persons that are Cree or have Cree ancestry.
The Cree have been under
relentless assault since the arrival of the European colonialists in
the 1500s. Now the 500 inhabitants of the Cree reserve, where many live
in small, boxy prefabricated houses, are victims of a new iteration of
colonial exploitation, one centered on the extraction of oil from the
vast Alberta tar sands. This atrocity presages the destruction of the
ecosystem on which they depend for life. If the Cree do not stop the
exploiters this time, they, along with the exploiters, will die.
The reserve is surrounded
by the tar sands, one of the largest concentrations of crude oil in the
world. The sands produce 98% of Canada’s oil and are the United States’
largest source of imported oil. This oil, among the dirtiest fossil
fuels on earth, is a leading cause of atmospheric pollution, releasing
massive amounts of carbon dioxide. The production and consumption of
one barrel of tar sands crude oil release 17% more carbon dioxide than
production and consumption of a standard barrel of oil.
Anyway. Here is some more on tar sands:
More than a hundred
scientists have called for a moratorium on the extraction of tar sands
oil. Former NASA scientist James
Hansen has warned
that if the tar sands oil is fully exploited, it will be
“game over for the planet.” He has also called for the CEOs of fossil
fuel companies to be tried
for high crimes against humanity.
I agree in principle
with Hansen. Here is some more on the Cree:
The Cree, the Dene and
other tribes that live amid the environmental carnage and whose
ancestral lands have been appropriated by the government to extract the
tar sands oil suffer astronomical rates of respiratory and other
illnesses. Cancer rates are 30% higher than in the rest of Alberta,
according to the Alberta Cancer Board, which was disbanded soon after
releasing this information in 2008.
I suppose the above is
correct, but like to add that, at least according to the bit on the Cree that I also gave
above, there are some 95,000 Cree living in Alberta, Canada.
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
When he was a child, Eric
Lameman was taken from his parents by the government, a common practice
a few decades ago, and sent to an Indian boarding school where beatings
were routine, speaking Cree or any of the other indigenous languages
was forbidden and native religious and cultural practices were
I say. There is considerably
more in the article, that is recommended.
Number of Giant Companies Paying $0 in Corporate Taxes Doubled In 2018
article is by Ilana Novick on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
Yes indeed. Also, there is
some more on this below. Here is one more bit from
the present article:
JPMorgan Chase’s attempt at
Twitter humor failed Monday morning.
What may have seemed like a
lighthearted (and since-deleted) joke about its followers’ excessive
spending habits was met with a stream of replies pointing out that
perhaps a bank that received $12
billion in bailout money after the financial crisis, whose CEO’s
salary is $31
million, and that has a history of mortgage
fraud, should refrain from publicly lecturing its customers on
their spending habits for coffee and lunch.
The reaction to the tweet
reflective of a political climate in which many Americans are concerned
about economic inequality and particularly whether corporations are
paying their fair share in taxes. Amazon paid no federal taxes in 2018.
Neither did Delta Air Lines, Chevron or General Motors. Meanwhile,
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s net worth is $150 billion.
I say, because I did not
know this and believe it. And in general, I think I would
argue that, morally if perhaps not legally, corporations that make a
profit and do not pay taxes are criminal, and indeed if they are not in
law, this is probably because the laws are (morally) criminal. And
this is a recommended article.
The phenomenon of giant
corporations getting tax breaks isn’t new. As Saul and Cohen report,
“For decades, profitable companies have been able to avoid corporate
taxes.” What has changed is the increase in companies able to do so.
“The list of those paying zero roughly doubled last year,” Saul and
Cohen continued, “as a result of provisions in President Trump’s 2017
tax bill that expanded corporate tax breaks and reduced the tax rate on
An April report from the
Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) reveals how 60
profitable Fortune 500 companies managed to avoid paying taxes. As the
In 2018, 60 of America’s
biggest corporations zeroed out their federal income taxes on $79
billion in U.S. pretax income. Instead of paying $16.4 billion in taxes
at the 21 percent statutory corporate tax rate, these companies enjoyed
a net corporate tax rebate of $4.3 billion.
is deeply underwater with voters on this key 2020 issue
This article is by
Joan McCarter on AlterNet and originally on Daily Kos. It starts as
I say, because I did not
know this, and because I like both bits of information, viz.
that he is much behind the Democrats on health care, and he is also
much behind all or nearly all presidents of the USA in terms of average
Donald Trump is nearly
20 points underwater with voters looking ahead to 2020 on the
issue of health care. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll
finds that voters, by a 17-point margin, say they are more likely to
oppose his reelection over his healthcare sabotage.
Trump’s average approval
rating in this poll is at a
historic low—by almost 10 points—among all presidents, at 38
percent. In this latest poll, 55 percent say that they absolutely will
not vote for him next year. Voter intensity more than a year out is
also remarkably high—75 percent of Americans and 85 percent of
registered voters say they will definitely vote in 2020.
On the issue of health
care, just 23 percent say that they are more likely to vote for him
because of how he’s handled it, while 40 percent say it’s made them
more likely to oppose him. In 2018, among voters who ranked health care
as their top issue, 75 percent voted for Democrats, sweeping them into
office in a huge wave.
Here is some more on health care (and also see below):
I hope the writer is right
on another Democratic
tsunami in 2020, and I agree on health care, and this is a recommended
With Trump shooting his
off this way, and fighting in federal courts to have the entire
Affordable Care Act overturned, there’s no way health care isn’t going
to be among the top two or three issues of 2020, if not the paramount
concern—with Trump being Trump, it’s hard to say what could happen
between now and then to rise to the top of voters’ issues. Regardless,
it’s going to help drive what has the makings of another Democratic
4. 5 Responses to
Climate Change Deniers
This article is by
Robert Reich on his site. It starts as follows:
Have you ever found
yourself in a conversation with someone who denies climate change? Here
are 5 responses to climate change deniers:
Well, I generally avoid
people who are stupid
but the 5 responses of Reich are all quite correct. I quote them all,
but only the bold parts, for there is some more on the places
of the (..)s:
1) The science is
2) Tackling climate
change is good for the economy. (..)
As I said, I think all
of the above is quite correct. Here is the last bit from this
At this point, anyone who
denies climate change is either willfully ignorant or complicit in
protecting fossil fuel profits over the safety and security of our
children and grandchildren.
I agree, except that I
also think there are some people who are too stupid to follow
the above. And this is a recommended article, while the next article
also is quite interesting:
of Americans Believe US Economy Primarily Benefits Rich and Powerful
article is by Jake Johnson on Common Dreams. It starts as follows:
I say, for I consider this quite
good news. In fact, here is schema that gives the numbers:
President Donald Trump
frequently claims the U.S. economy is "booming"
and "better than ever," but most Americans aren't
According to a Washington
Post/ABC News survey
released Monday, 62 percent of U.S. adults believe the "economic
system mainly benefits those in power rather than all people."
Breaking down the numbers
by party affiliation, the poll found that 82 percent of Democrats, 68
percent of independents, and 34 percent of Republicans think the fruits
of the American economy are flowing primarily to the top of the income
Works to benefit Works to benefit
It is quite good news,
because if people think similarly in 2020 and are consistent and
minimally rational, it seems probable that Trump will loose the
elections of 2020. Which would be very good news (in my opinion).
And here is the last bit I quote from this article:
Incidentally, note this is
about the American political system:
Economic data appear to
support the majority's view.
As the Houston
last week, citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "median
earnings of workers hardly budged in the first quarter of 2019,
compared to the same quarter last year."
to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the average worker bonus in
2018 "was just $0.01 higher than in 2017," contradicting Trump's claim
that his $1.5 trillion in tax cuts would substantially reward
the working class.
Massive corporations and
rich Americans, by contrast, have seen their profits and pay
soar thanks to Trump's tax plan, which remains deeply
Most Americans also feel that the U.S. political system is skewed to
reward the powerful—72 percent of U.S. adults believe the American
political system "works to benefit those in power" rather than "all
people," the Post/ABC survey found.
Works to benefit Works to benefit
I say again, for I
consider this good news, and this is a strongly
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