in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from May 6, 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:
A. Selections from May 6, 2019:
1. On The Crisis Series in Nederlog: It
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 Only Way Democrats Can Beat
Trump in 2020
3. Let's Make
a Brexit Deal, U.K.'s May Tells Corbyn
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
and also comes suddenly with much more advertisements
(which I hate: I do not want to be lied to) about
I can also not do anything, for the model is the following
That is to say: You accept
our ever lying, sick and degenerate advertisements
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
that it is quite the same
- The Guardian
- HCRenewal (blogspot)
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
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
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.
- Mother Jones has
recently become uncopiable
- The Guardian is uncopiable
since more than -
at least - a year
- HuffPost is uncopiable
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
O, before closing this topic, there also are some sites that
usable (so far):
for these are - still -
working as before, as are my own sites.
- The Intercept
- dx revision watch
- Democracy Now!
- Columbia.edu (Peter
- Robert Reich's site
- Common Dreams
- The New York Review
- Naked Capitalism
- Washington's Blog
Finally, I do think all of the above was intentional on the
part of Firefox. More tomorrow.
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:
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.
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.
Here is some more:
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
On health care, 53% are
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.
Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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).
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
Writing in the Mail on
Sunday newspaper, May told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn: “Let’s do a
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.
Here is some more:
This is correct. Here is
the last bit that I quote from this article:
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.
Yes, I agree with "a new, second referendum on Britain’s EU
membership" and this is a
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.
end of 2015Let's Make
a Brexit Deal, U.K.'s May Tells Corbyn that
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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 (!!).