in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from May 9, 2019
B. Changes in Nederlog
This is a
Nederlog of Thursday,
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
A. Selections from May 9, 2019:
The indented text
link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
1. On The Crisis
Series in Nederlog: Part 4
B. Changes in
2. Unless Democrats Refute the Myth of
a "Good Economy," Trump
Likely to Win Second Term
3. Billion Dollar Loser: NYT Report on Trump’s Taxes
& Massive Losses
a. Why I want to do fewer crisis items
1. On The Crisis Series in
Nederlog: Part 4
Well... I may have been ¨a little quick¨ the last three days in On The
Crisis Series, for - after nearly three days - Firefox seems to
work again as it did before.
Then again (1) it took about three days for them to repair the massive
faults they made, and (2) my remarks in On The
Crisis Series do
report my genuine feelings, and also (3) while Firefox is
presently working - more or less - decently again, I was sketching the
future of the internet, I am rather certain.
Also, I will change Nederlog, although I now can read most of the 35
files I have been reading the last 6 years (again) as I want to
read them, that is, without
obvious sick lies
that are asserted
to be ¨advertisements¨, and also without being nearly
everywhere ¨invited¨ to sign in for advertisements and Google, or else
to drop completely dead.
For a bit more, see below.
Democrats Refute the Myth of a "Good Economy," Trump Likely to Win
This article is by John Atcheson on Common Dreams. It
starts as follows:
I think this is mostly
correct, although I am not certain of the last statement - but
then again, I may also be overestimating the intelligence of
the average American voter.
Many in the mainstream
media are telling us that the “good economy” favors Trump in 2020, and
the Democrats are mostly mum on the subject, with Nancy Pelosi and the
neoliberals hoping an anti-Trump campaign will win the day in the next
But simply running against
Trump won’t work. Democrats have to refute the myth of a “good
economy,” then talk about what they’re for, what their values are, and
what they are going to do for the American people. Sadly, the party’s
leadership seems loathe to advocate progressive values, and incapable
of explaining why the economy isn’t so great.
The reason an anti-Trump
campaign won’t work is because the 2020 election will be determined by
turnout. Anything less than 60 percent risks a Trump victory; and
failing to embrace the progressive values embraced
by the majority of Americans will likely keep turnout below that.
Here is some more:
Yes indeed - and
incidentally 322 : .03 = 10,733 (!!). Incidentally, 100 : .01 = 10,000.
This gets us close to the
giant fallacy the press and both parties are ignoring – GDP, job
growth, and the stock market don’t tell us much about individual
welfare. For example, if you put Jeff Bezos and 1,000 other
people with zero net worth in a room, they’d all be millionaires on
average. And that’s essentially what we’re doing nationally, and
we have been for some time now. For example, between 1980
and 2015, the top .01 percent saw their income rise by 322
percent, while income for the bottom 90 percent rose by just .03
And this again shows that almost all the riches go to the very
richest - since 35 years.
Here is some more:
Quite so. Here is
some more on what I tend to call the centrist Democrats:
Having a job is one
thing. Having a job that affords a decent quality of life is
quite another, and fewer and fewer Americans have that. Until
recently, workers haven’t had a raise for going on four decades.
Wages finally started to go up under Obama, and they’ve continued to,
but not enough to put a dent in the effects of decades of stagnation.
For example, in April and March, the increases were a measly 6
cents and 4 cents respectively for the entire month. Meanwhile,
corporations and the one percent are still walking away with a grossly
disproportionate share of wealth.
Yes, I think that is quite
true. Here is the ending of this article:
As Cohen put it, Davos
And with good reason.
The neoliberals in charge of the Democratic Party pay lip service to
progressive policies around election time but govern
for the elite, special interests, corporations and the rich.
And yes, Republicans are worse, but at the end of the day, too many
voters seem inclined to punish hypocrisy more than straight out
economic hooliganism. This means that more of those who would support
Democrats are prone to stay home if Democrats present them with another
centrist candidate like Hillary on election day. Yet that’s
exactly what the party leaders, the elite media, and the rest of the
party old guard are doing – fostering a centrist candidate like Joe
… the network of elites whose economic and cultural prescriptions came
to be seen by myriad voters across the United States and Europe as
camouflage for a self-serving heist.
I think this is quite true
and this is a strongly recommended article.
We’re living with the
lessons of 2016, and they threaten to destroy the country. Yet
somehow, that’s not enough to convince Pelosi and the rest of the
neoliberal crew to run a campaign based on values like fairness,
equity, economic justice, protecting our climate, assuring that
democracy isn’t co-opted by corporate cash, or constraining the
wretched excesses of capitalism so that the people can get a piece of
Instead, the people within
the party advocating these things are getting marginalized; the
policies that might actualize them are getting labeled as a dream;
to get corporate money out of elections are being rejected; and
tax and fiscal policies that attack the injustices of capitalism are
The only way Trump can win
is to keep turnout low. The Davos Democrats are doing everything
in their power to oblige him.
Dollar Loser: NYT Report on Trump’s Taxes & Massive Losses
This article is by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! I
abbreviated the title. It starts with the following introduction:
I say, for I knew about
this as little as most people. Also, as I have said before, I like David Cay
We look at a major exposé
from The New York Times, which obtained tax information
on Donald Trump that shows his businesses lost $1.17 billion from 1985
to 1994. While Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns,
printouts from his official IRS tax
transcripts for a 10 year period ending in 1994 show that in multiple
years during that stretch, Trump appears to have lost more money than
nearly any other individual taxpayer in the country and paid no federal
income taxes for eight of the 10 years. “Almost every two cents of
every dollar reported as losses one year, by everyone in the United
States, were recorded by Donald Trump,” notes our guest, Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter
previously with the Times, now founder and editor of DC Report.org.. He has been
reporting on Donald Trump since the 1980s and his new piece for the Daily
Beast is headlined “Trump’s Tax Leak Hints at Potential Fraud
Here is some more, with some backgrounds to the above news:
Here is some more:
GOODMAN: This is Democracy
Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.
In a major exposé, The New York Times has obtained tax
information on Donald Trump that shows his businesses lost more than a
billion dollars from 1985 to 1994. While Trump continues to refuse to
release his tax returns, The Times obtained printouts from
his official IRS tax transcripts for a
10-year period ending in ’94. In multiple years during that stretch,
Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual
taxpayer in the United States. In both 1990 and ’91, Trump lost more
than $250 million, more than double any other individual U.S. taxpayer,
according to IRS documents. In eight of the
10 years, Trump paid no federal income taxes.
To unpack these
revelations, we are joined from Rochester, New York, by David Cay
Johnston, the twice Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter
formally with The New York Times, now founder and editor of DCReport.org_.
He has been reporting on Donald Trump since the 1980s. His most recent
book—_It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is
Doing to America.
I think that is correct.
Here is some more:
GOODMAN: So talk about
exactly what has been exposed. He lost more than a billion dollars,
more than any U.S. taxpayer?
Yes. Almost two cents of every dollar reported as losses one year by
everyone in the United States were reported by Donald Trump. And what
this shows is something I’ve been saying and writing about Trump for 30
years: he is a terrible businessman. His business model is not to get
an enterprise, to nurture it, to grow it, to make it more profitable
over time. His business model is the same as a mob bust-out. Get your
hands on an enterprise, squeeze all the cash out of it, don’t pay your
vendors, try to cheat as best you can your employees, don’t pay the
bankers—and Trump once said, “I borrowed money knowing I wouldn’t pay
it back”—and then leave the carcass and go on to the next deal.
Donald is, after Bernie Madoff, arguably the greatest wealth destroyer
in American history.
But more importantly, Donald Trump held himself out as this great
dealmaker, this genius businessman. He pushed himself into the front of
the pantheon of the economic heroes who were lionized in the '80s for
making money without any regard to how they made it, when he didn't
belong in their league at all. To those of us who have been covering
him closely and not buying at the surface what he says but checking the
facts, the broad story here isn’t true. The size of the losses,
however, is stupendous. Much larger than I ever imagined.
Yes - and this is also
one of the quite many reasons why I think Trump has a narcissistic
Here is the last bit
that I quote from this article:
I say! And this is a strongly
And I would point out that this was during or right after the period
when we know that Donald Trump was very deeply entangled with the
international cocaine trafficker Joseph Wexelbaum. So deeply entangled
and did so many favors for him that I’ve said, and I’ll say again, the
only logical explanation for his conduct is that Donald was in the
cocaine trafficking business with Joe Wexelbaum. And Donald, if you’re
listening, sue me if you think you can prove what I just said isn’t
Changes in Nederlog
a. Why I want to do
fewer crisis items
there are three reasons:
1. I don´t think the crisis series-as-was,
from June 10, 2013 till May 5, 2019, made much of a
difference to anyone, while it did take considerable
trouble to write, and
2. meanwhile I am 69, and
3. I do want to write some other items in Nederlog.
What I´ll continue to do is to read the 35 sites I have been
reading daily since 2013, but as I just said, I will do considerably
less writing about what I´ve read - which will save me several
hours each day, that I now can use for doing other things.
Then again, since I have been writing the crisis series for nearly six
years, and also want to keep commenting sometimes on important
political changes and events, it will not completely
disappear from Nederlog.
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 (!!).