May 6, 2019

Crisis: On The Crisis Series, Democrats vs Trump, On Brexit & 2nd Referendum

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



1. Summary
Crisis Files
     A. Selections from May 6, 2019

This is a Nederlog of Monday, May 6, 2019.

1. Summary

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.

On the moment and since more than three years (!!!!) I have problems with the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible [1] and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and I shall continue.

2. Crisis Files

These are five crisis files that are mostly well worth reading:

A. Selections from May 6, 2019:
1. On The Crisis Series in Nederlog: It will very probably stop
2. The Only Way Democrats Can Beat Trump in 2020

3. Let's Make a Brexit Deal, U.K.'s May Tells Corbyn

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:

1. On The Crisis Series in Nederlog: It will very probably stop

According to Gore Vidal, speaking in 2008, the internet would be taken over in 10 years. Well... he was off by one year, I think.

At any rate, the internet has become much more horrible lately, and presently also Firefox - on Ubuntu - has quite radically changed; has removed nearly all add-ons I had installed; makes selecting new ones a horrible process (your input cannot even be copied nor pasted); and also comes suddenly with much more advertisements (which I hate: I do not want to be lied to) about which I can also not do anything, for the model is the following (from Huffpost):
That is to say: You accept our ever lying, sick and degenerate advertisements and our stealing of your data, and also our sending of your personal data to Google, so that we can send you more advertisements - and if you do not like this you can drop dead.

Thank you for "the choice", but I prefer to drop dead before I enter into this sick sadistic and degenerate hypocrisy.

Besides, over the weekend I got very similar news from
  • The Guardian
  • HCRenewal (blogspot)
  • Niceguidelines (blogspot)
  • AlterNet
  • Slate
  • HuffPost
that it is quite the same there:

Either I accept their cookies (Firefox has removed my add-ons that block and/or remove cookies) and their advertisements and their sendings of my personal data ("in your interest") to Google, or else I can drop dead.

I prefer to drop dead, that is, I will not use these sites anymore for I do not want to be terrorized by advertisements i.e. sick degenerate intentional lies nor by the sadists from Google.

  • Mother Jones has recently become uncopiable
  • The Guardian is uncopiable since more than - at least - a year
  • HuffPost is uncopiable
This makes them also unusable for my ends, which is - in the crisis series - to give a fair and factual survey of what is happening in politics. This end cannot be satisfied anymore if I am not allowed to quote journalists, and I also refuse to try to satisfy it with - now completely unavoidable - advertisements everywhere on a site.

This also means that I am now "a second-rate" citizen aka a sub-human:

Either I consent to being followed everywhere by the sadofascists from Google and consent to being advertised by lies and bullshit or else I can drop dead.

As I've said before in Nederlog: The internet is the surest way to neofascism - and it has been designed to be so.

There will be some more on this topic tomorrow, when I will also explain what I will do with Nederlog - which is a part of my site, but is virtually the only part that I maintained the last few years.

O, before closing this topic, there also are some sites that remain usable (so far):
  • The Intercept
  • dx revision watch
  • Democracy Now!
  • Truthdig
  • (Peter Woit)
  • Robert Reich's site
  • Common Dreams
  • The New York Review of Books
  • Naked Capitalism
  • Washington's Blog
  • TomDispatch
  • ProPublica
for these are - still - working as before, as are my own sites.

Finally, I do think all of the above was intentional on the part of Firefox. More tomorrow.

2. The Only Way Democrats Can Beat Trump in 2020

This article is by Juan Cole on Truthdig and originally on Informed Comment. It starts as follows:

new CNN/SSRS poll of about 1,000 people shows that among a random sample of registered voters, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden each crush Trump by 6 to 7 points, even at this very early point in the campaign. Kamala Harris also wins, but by a smaller margin. This poll shows enormous enthusiasm for Beto O’Rourke, which, however, I suspect is a fluke of some sort.

Well... I think the poll is a bit interesting, but mostly these are prejudices of Cole. For one thing, while Cole says "even at this very early point in the campaign" my guess is that most commentators would have concluded that at this very early point in the campaign very little can be said about the outcome.

Here is some more:

On health care, 53% are upset and only 38% are satisfied. That’s an issue on which the Dems have to run, and they have to run on medicare for all, i.e. single payer. It is the only way to fix US health insurance, which is badly broken for most people. For my money, Bernie is the one who is most believable on affordable health care and health care insurance, but I think the issue is there and resonating for anyone who will pick it up and run with it.

Yes, I agree with that. (Also, from the point of view of a Dutchman, which is what I am, the American health care system is very bad and very expensive.)

Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:

55% are upset about US race relations under Trump, compared to 38% who are satisfied. It is not usually realized that Bernie Sanders has more African-American support than Kamala Harris. In any case, this issue is gold for the Democrats. Trump is trying to break our multi-ethnic society and we must not let him.

These point spreads are huge, and registered voters clearly consider several of the Dems very attractive, especially if the choice is they or Trump.

I say 2016 was a fluke and that the presumption should be that Trump is out of office in January 2021. But this prediction will only come true if Dems run to the left and run on these sorts of big ticket items.

I agree with the first two of the above quoted paragraphs. But I do not see any evidence for Cole's thesis that "2016 was a fluke", and I think this is also somewhat contradicted by the last statement, though I agree with that. And this is a recommended article.

3. Let's Make a Brexit Deal, U.K.'s May Tells Corbyn

This article is by Jill Lawless on Truthdig and originally on The Associated Press. It starts as follows:

Britain’s Conservative government and opposition Labour Party have a duty to strike a compromise Brexit agreement to end months of political deadlock over Britain’s exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, May told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Let’s do a deal.”

The prospect of a cross-party compromise has alarmed many Conservatives, however, and even May said it was “not what I wanted, either.”

“But we have to find a way to break the deadlock — and I believe the results of the local elections give fresh urgency to this,” she wrote.

I say. Well... I guess this (also) will not succeed: The Tories lost 12 times as many seats as Labour; they have not succeeded in doing any significant thing about Brexit in three years; and I also think May is incompetent (and hardly supported by many Tories).

Here is some more:

Almost three years after Britain voted to leave the EU, the date and terms of Brexit remain uncertain. The U.K.’s departure date has been postponed from March 29 until Oct. 31 because May has been unable to get British lawmakers to approve her divorce deal with the EU.

But suggestions that May’s government might make a deal that accepts Labour’s demand for close economic ties with the EU have infuriated pro-Brexit Conservatives, who are demanding May’s resignation.

This is correct. Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:

Labour Party politicians are wary about making a deal that could be seen as helping the archrival Conservatives deliver Brexit. Many party members and lawmakers want Labour to support a new, second referendum on Britain’s EU membership that could reverse voters’ 2016 decision to leave.

They point to big gains in the local elections for the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats and Greens parties as evidence the public would welcome a second referendum.

Yes, I agree with "a new, second referendum on Britain’s EU membership" and this is a recommended article.

[1] I have now been saying since the end of 2015Let's Make a Brexit Deal, U.K.'s May Tells Corbyn that 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.

They have claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie. They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.

And they 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 will from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).

The only 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 (!!).
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