I propose that it shall be no longer
malum in se for a citizen to pummel, cowhide, kick,
gouge, cut, wound, bruise, maim, burn, club,
bastinado, flay, or even lynch a [government] jobholder,
and that it shall be
malum prohibitum only to the extent that the
punishment exceeds the jobholder’s deserts. The amount of this
excess, if any, may be determined very conveniently by a
petit jury, as other questions of guilt are now
determined. The flogged judge, or Congressman, or other
jobholder, on being discharged from hospital — or his chief
heir, in case he has perished — goes before a
grand jury and makes a complaint, and, if a true bill is
found, a petit jury is empaneled and all the evidence is put
before it. If it decides that the jobholder deserves the
punishment inflicted upon him, the citizen who inflicted it is
acquitted with honor. If, on the contrary, it decides that
this punishment was excessive, then the citizen is adjudged
guilty of assault, mayhem, murder, or whatever it is, in a
degree apportioned to the difference between what the
jobholder deserved and what he got, and punishment for that
excess follows in the usual course.
Son, it's like a latrine in this society:
the human shit drifts to the top.
explains society to me ca. 1958
I continue being not well, and otherwise also as before, so I cannot do
much. That, together with utter, nauseating disgust is the reason there
was no Nederlog the last three days.
1. Every generation a new set of
bastards rise to the top
2. Mencken quotes
3. Bierce quotes
1. Every generation a new set of bastards rise to
utter disgust is in part of the same quality and source as the
disgust that piled up over the course of this year, in which I returned
to reconsider ME, after learning of the link between XMRV and ME/CFS
published in Science in the fall of 2009.
But it is not wholly due to a year of reading about medical
fraudulence and sadism as regards patients with ME, and it is good to place it in
context for a moment - a context which also relates to the H.L. Mencken
quote, which is given above - namely by this link to Jon Stewart's
The Daily Show, that discusses the issue why the Republican Party insist
on tax cuts for the rich, while refusing to help the New York policement
and firemen who were first to help the victims of 9/11, and are now left
to die from cancers without help - because they are not rich, nor famous,
nor have easy access to senators or ministers - and the main content is
in the first two items:
To put it in general terms, as the logical philosopher I am, in the
If there is one thing I learned from 32 years of illness
without help but with discrimination, denigration and defamation is
the explanation why there were so many
concentration-camps in the 20th Century, where
my grandfather got murdered, and that my father
In every generation, in every race, in
every culture, in every faith every generation a new bunch of born
rotters, genetical fascists, natural nazis, sadistic creeps and
conscienceless psychopaths gets born, and
every generation, in every race, in every culture, in every faith it is
these creeps who easiest and soonest get to the top, and rule the
human world, or the part they can control, for their benefit, income,
status and type of insanity:
In medicine, this is the human type - moral, medical, and scientific
charlatans - of Simon Wessely, Peter White,
Tony Pinching, Bill Reeves, James Jones, Ger Bleijenberg and Jos van der
Meer: medical liars, medical frauds, and scientific, moral and human
degenerates of major proportions, who feed like a vampires on the illness
they help maintaining for their perverse private kicks, for their
personal incomes, and for keeping the profits or incomes of
health-insurors, states and municipalities high.
I can not see any relevant human moral or intellectual or
indeed racial difference between this manner of human-all-too-human
sadistic frauds and the type
of doctor Mengele and SS-doctors like Nieuwenhuis my father described,
that, like shit in a latrine, gets to the top in most
human institutions, and who are always at the bottom of
concentration-camps, of totalitarianism and of man's inhumanity to man,
but who can also lie and deceive most excellently.
Indeed, if there is a difference or two between Mengele and Wessely,
it is that the former was probably much more of a moral idealist than the
latter, and that the latter so far lacks most of the means of the former
- but a good part of these means to ruin lives in the name of science
very well may arrive with
the DSM-5. O,
and of course a Wessely or Pinching also need much less personal guts to
be able to drive people to death, though as I said it is also true that,
so far, they lack the means to go to the full extent of their personal
sickness, which is
medical sadism: The practice of medical lying, deceiving,
manipulating and harming patients for money or for kicks.
Apart from that, I have learned in the University of Amsterdam that
persons like Wessely and Mengele, and like Pinching and Eichmann are of
precisely the same level and kind human equivalence,
for the University of
Amsterdam taught for decades that all men are of precisely the same
value, and perfectly equivalent ("gelijkwaardig") - a proud teaching
which I am perfectly willing to believe,
most ordinary men, with the help of
Evidence Based Science, if you please, but not if the same
teachings are applied to my family, who are not the ordinary kind of
collaborating two-timers and cheapo liars.
But then again, I was the only
person since 1945 to be removed from a Dutch university because of his
publicly outspoken ideas, and removed because I denied, by direct
logical implication, that my parents and grandparents are the moral and
intellectual and human equivalents of nazis or nazi-scientists like
Wessely and Eichmann, or like Pinching and Barbie, of like Bleijenberg
So I am quite willing to go to court for this... but am too disgusted
at the moment, by these sado-satanic travesties of human beings to write
more about it or them, and instead will quote a little.
2. Mencken quotes
I found a site with some nice
Mencken-quotes. Here are a few - undoubtedly much disapproved of by
many, but then one can think or one cannot:
- My guess is that well over eighty per cent of the human race
goes through life without ever having a single original thought.
That is to say, they never think anything that has not been
thought before, and by thousands. A society made up of individuals
who were all capable of original thought would probably be
unendurable. The pressure of ideas would simply drive it frantic.
The normal human society is very little troubled by them. Whenever
a new one appears the average man displays signs of dismay and
resentment, The only way he can take in such a new idea is by
translating it crudely into terms of more familiar ideas. That
translation is one of the chief functions of politicians, not to
mention journalists. They devote themselves largely to debasing
the ideas launched by their betters. This debasement is
intellectually reprehensible, but probably necessary to carry on
the business of the world
- Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his
hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
- When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does
not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief
distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of
weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most
elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion,
and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot
understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the
pack or be lost... All the odds are on the man who is,
intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can
most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual
vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men.
As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more
closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty
ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land
will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will
be adorned by a downright moron.
- All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the
superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and
cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks
to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who
is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect
the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its
primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as
much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as
possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it
can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an
invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any
government is the man who is able to think things out for himself,
without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost
inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives
under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is
romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic
personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who
- Smart Set (December 1919)
Actually, Mencken probably was too much of a
romantic, for my tastes, and I could rewrite all of Mencken on lines
like these, for the last and the last but one:
The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able
to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing
superstitions and taboos. But such men are one in tenthousand at
most, while all government, in its essence, is an attempt to have
the status quo maintained. Governments exist to keep the ruling
elites ruling, and to make everybody else as much alike as possible
and as dependent upon one another as possible. Since at most one in
tenthousand can really think, the only rational hope for mankind's
improval is through real science.
The mass of mankind can't really think - they are quite incapable of
weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most
elemental. Any democratic government is, therefore, a government of
conmen. The main control in the governmental works tends to be that
the conmen for the most part are from the class of the conned: while
much is done by malice, the driving forces are stupidity and
ignorance, within and without the bulwarks of social and religious
And so on. But Mencken saw some things in the right light. Here is
another one, that I found very true in Dutch practice:
3. Bierce quotes
Mencken saw some things in the right light, but it is true that
I was not much impressed by what I read from him, long ago, in an edition
of Alistaire Cooke.
Two men that much inspired Mencken are
whose Huckleberry Finn one should read, if one believes
oneself to be intelligent or if one likes the American, yes indeed the
English language, and
Dictionary the same applies as to Huckleberry Finn.
Here are a few selected bits, to show you what Bierce is like - and
the poems are also by Bierce, masquerading under the most outrageous
names and titles:
ART, n. This word has no definition. Its
origin is related as follows by the ingenious Father Gassalasca
One day a wag—what would the wretch be at?—
Shifted a letter of the cipher RAT,
And said it was a god's name! Straight arose
Fantastic priests and postulants (with shows,
And mysteries, and mummeries, and hymns,
And disputations dire that lamed their limbs)
To serve his temple and maintain the fires,
Expound the law, manipulate the wires.
Amazed, the populace that rites attend,
Believe whate'er they cannot comprehend,
And, inly edified to learn that two
Half-hairs joined so and so (as Art can do)
Have sweeter values and a grace more fit
Than Nature's hairs that never have been split,
Bring cates and wines for sacrificial feasts,
And sell their garments to support the priests.
ARTLESSNESS, n. A certain engaging quality
to which women attain by long study and severe practice upon the
admiring male, who is pleased to fancy it resembles the candid
simplicity of his young.
CARTESIAN, adj. Relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author
of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum—whereby he was
pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence.
The dictum might be improved, however, thus: Cogito cogito ergo
cogito sum— "I think that I think, therefore I think that I am;"
as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.
CHRISTIAN, n. One who believes that the New
Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the
spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of
Christ in so far as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.
I dreamed I stood upon a hill, and, lo!
The godly multitudes walked to and fro
Beneath, in Sabbath garments fitly clad,
With pious mien, appropriately sad,
While all the church bells made a solemn din—
A fire-alarm to those who lived in sin.
Then saw I gazing thoughtfully below,
With tranquil face, upon that holy show
A tall, spare figure in a robe of white,
Whose eyes diffused a melancholy light.
"God keep you, strange," I exclaimed. "You are
No doubt (your habit shows it) from afar;
And yet I entertain the hope that you,
Like these good people, are a Christian too."
He raised his eyes and with a look so stern
It made me with a thousand blushes burn
Replied—his manner with disdain was spiced:
"What! I a Christian? No, indeed! I'm Christ."
DECALOGUE, n. A series of commandments, ten
in number—just enough to permit an intelligent selection for
observance, but not enough to embarrass the choice. Following is the
revised edition of the Decalogue, calculated for this meridian.
Thou shalt no God but me adore:
'Twere too expensive to have more.
No images nor idols make
For Robert Ingersoll to break.
Take not God's name in vain; select
A time when it will have effect.
Work not on Sabbath days at all,
But go to see the teams play ball.
Honor thy parents. That creates
For life insurance lower rates.
Kill not, abet not those who kill;
Thou shalt not pay thy butcher's bill.
Kiss not thy neighbor's wife, unless
Thine own thy neighbor doth caress
Don't steal; thou'lt never thus compete
Successfully in business. Cheat.
Bear not false witness—that is low—
But "hear 'tis rumored so and so."
Cover thou naught that thou hast not
By hook or crook, or somehow, got.
DIVINATION, n. The art of nosing out the occult. Divination is of
as many kinds as there are fruit-bearing varieties of the flowering
dunce and the early fool.
EDUCATION, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from
the foolish their lack of understanding.
EMOTION, n. A prostrating disease caused by a determination of
the heart to the head. It is sometimes accompanied by a copious
discharge of hydrated chloride of sodium from the eyes.
ENCOMIAST, n. A special (but not particular) kind of liar.
EVANGELIST, n. A bearer of good tidings, particularly (in a
religious sense) such as assure us of our own salvation and the
damnation of our neighbors.
EXCEPTION, n. A thing which takes the liberty to differ from
other things of its class, as an honest man, a truthful woman, etc.
"The exception proves the rule" is an expression constantly upon the
lips of the ignorant, who parrot it from one another with never a
thought of its absurdity. In the Latin, "Exceptio probat regulam"
means that the exception tests the rule, puts it to the
proof, not confirms it. The malefactor who drew the meaning
from this excellent dictum and substituted a contrary one of his own
exerted an evil power which appears to be immortal.
Well... and so on: The above is quoted from the
Have fun, if thus inclined.
P.S. Corrections have to be added later.
And why do Mencken and
Bierce alleviate (my) disgust? Because they were bright, honest, could
write, and made sense.
Also, I should mention
that the News in English
file is up to date, and describes the contents of
Nederlog 2010 briefly.
P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason
is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if
there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.