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This file lists the changes made in
2015.

For 2012 and before: 2014
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Index Nederlog 2015

There are changes (mostly additions) most days most weeks, sometimes quite a few, sometimes only one or two. The imporant ones are listed in this file, and are current to the date that follows.

                                                                      Date of this file :  January 25, 2015

Maarten Maartensz

 

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        These are the additions, changes and corrections  of 2015.

        For earlier ones see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
        2011
, 2012, 2013, 2014  

        Note this is a selection of the changes on this site and in Nederlog:
        Small changes of typos are not mentioned, and not all  additions may be listed here.
        But all the main changes to the site are listed here.

JANUARY


JANUARY
  • Jan 25: Crisis: Financial Elites, Blair Loved Gaddafi, Hitchcock, Taxes, Brussels  : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a critical report by Summers and Balls, that seems good to Will Hutton; item 2 is about one of Tony Blair's corruptions (his everlasting love for Gaddafi, and his help to him and his secret service while prime minister); item 3 is about a Hitchcock documentary that is finally released after 70 years; item 4 is about taxes: the richer you get, the less you pay, in America's "democracy" (but the rich all complain the poor have "easy lives"); and item 5 is one reaction to Draghi's giving 1.1 trillion euros to the European banks.   

  • Jan 24: Crisis: Obama, British rich & poor *2, Davos, "openly"  : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 compares Abdullah and Chavez: Obama loves Abdullah and much disliked Chavez; item 2 is about British politicians; item 3 is about the very rich who gathered in Davos to praise themselves and make new deals; item 4 is - again - about British politicians; and item 5 is about what these days is openly possible in the U.S.

    Also I converted two autobiography files, nl. 27 and 28. The text of 1984 now is blue; that of 2014 is black. (One more to go.)


  • Jan 23: Crisis: Obama, More War, Religion, Doomsday Clock, Whistleblowers : This is a crisis log. It has 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a good and sensible reaction - I think - to Obama's State of the Union speech (that seems to have flummoxed many white men - but no: it was propaganda); item 2 is on the "more war, more spying, less freedom, less democracy" theme that has been chosen by the American governments since 9/11; item 3 is a list of 12 very bad - quite nonsensical - religious ideas; item 4 is about a new setting of the Doomsday Clock; and item 5 shows Obama prosecuted far more whistleblowers than any other American president.

  • Jan 22: me+ME: Update about supplements and condition : This is not a crisis log but a brief
    file on the supplements I take because I have M.E. There will be a crisis log later in the day. And here it is:
    Crisis: Obama's internet, Propaganda vs Democracy, Supreme Court, Oligarchs : This is a crisis log. It has 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is a good and realistic warning about Obama's plans for the internet (which will help the rich, while pretending to be for the poor); item 2 is a good article on the very major influence of propaganda - "public relations", advertisements: con-games, lies, deceptions, falsifications - on politics (and economics); item 3 is a decent article about the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision (but is too friendly about the majority of the Supreme Court: they made no mistake, they wanted to be for the rich); and item 4 is another good article on billionaires, their greed and their power.
         
  • Jan 21: Crisis: Rusbridger, Monbiot, Froomkin, Kiriakou, Whitehead : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the dangers to real - investigative, free, uncontrolled - journalism, as stated by Alan Rusbridger; item 2 is about an article by George Monbiot that shows there is hardly any impartial broadcasting left in England; item 3 is Dan Froomkin on Obama's latest proposals to effectively spy on everyone; item 4 is about an interview with John Kiriakou (the only CIA agent who got imprisoned - mostly because he protested torture); and item 5 is a fine article by John Whitehead, that I copied all because I think this ought to be better known (and no: Whitehead's opinions you will not read or hear about in America's main media).

    And I corrected the above links 2003 .. 2014 (in the opening): These should work now.

          
  • Jan 20: Crisis: Inequality, GCHQ, America's Wealthy, Chomsky, "Surveillance" : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a nice article by Suzanne Moore on inequality (economic); item 2 is on how the GCHQ captures journalists' materials; item 3 is a fairly long article on the many billions effectively stolen by the wealthiest Americans (mostly); item 4 is about Noam Chomsky on terrorism and Obama; item 5 is about "surveillance", and how everyone risks being abused and exploited and misled by the Western secret services.

    Also, I uploaded the last index of the crisis series, that is now updated until January 18, 2015.
     
  • Jan 19: Crisis: The rich, Obama, Hedges, José Mujica, "Compassionate Conservatism" : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the fact that half the global wealth is owned by 1%; item 2 is about Obama's announcement he wants to tax the one-percenters (more); item 3 is by Chris Hedges, and is about the life of someone who survived Auschwitz, as a child; item 4 is about the president of Uruguay (one of the few politicians I can believe in); and item 5 is Robert Reich on "compassionate conservatism".    

  • Jan 18: Crisis: Digital Arms Race, Calls Tracked,  Anti-realist  Neocons,  Public Schools, TV & honesty : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a - long, thorough - article in the international Spiegel, also with 36 pdf's of Snowden's materials; item 2 is a brief item that shows that international phonecalls to and from the U.S. were tracked since the 1990s; item 3 is a good article on the neo-cons, who indeed have hardly any tie to reality (and this is about politicians rather than Fox News); item 4 shows good evidence that at present over half of the public school pupils in the U.S. live in poverty; and item 5 shows a photo taken from French TV that suggests that "Our Political Leaders" in fact were not part of the "Je Suis Charlie" demonstration in Paris they were supposed to lead (but instead they posed in a site street).

  • Jan 17: Crisis: FBI plots, CIA whitewashed, Guantánamo, US Oligarchy, Breaking Planet Earth : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links. Item 1 is about how the FBI discovers "terror plots": by making them; item 2 is about the whitewashing of the CIA and its director, by the CIA and its director; item 3 is about a book a man held prisoner for 13 years now in Guantánamo wrote (he is still imprisoned, though no judicial complaint was ever formulated for him); item 4 may be described by saying Princeton University also agrees the USA now is an oligarchy; and item 5 is about a Swedish report that shows it took about 65 years to nearly break the planet's ecosystem.
             
  • Jan 16: Crisis: Cybersecurity, "The", Being Charlie, "Free Trade", Greek Crisis : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links. Item 1 is on Cameron's desire to undo all encryption (for the state's secret security experts); item 2 is on the radical decline of "the"; item 3 is on some problems with being Charlie; item 4 is a report that shows "free trade" serves the rich at the costs of the poor; and item 5 is a long but interesting interview about Greece.
          
  • Jan 15: On Philosophical Assumptions : This is also from the past, and in fact from 1992.
    I thought I hadn't published it in Nederlog, but it turns out that I did, in 2011. In any case, it is a good and original essay on philosophy. And there is
    Crisis: Paris, Real Labour (?), Real Obama, France's "freedoms", Psychiatry : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links. Item 1 is about how the European political leaders made from the demonstration in Paris a show for themselves; item 2 is about a real Labour party as conceived by Simon Jenkins and David Marquand; item 3 is about the real Obama (and from 2012); item 4 is Glenn Greenwald on the selectivity of "free speech"; and item 5 is a reflection by a pensioned psychiatrist on the history of psychiatry since 1980.

  • Jan 14: Index of the posts by Maarten Maartensz on Phoenix Rising in 2010 : This is - well "a blast from the past": A - more or less - good index of the posts I wrote on Phoenix Rising between
    January and May of 2010. There will be a crisis log later on. Here it is:
    Crisis: Cameron, Greenwald, Hedges, Reich, Queally : There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is on Cameron's - state terrorist's - desire to read anything by anyone (in deep secret) and undo all encryption; item 2 is about Glenn Greenwald (and others) on how to pose as a "terror expert"; item 3 is in fact a video interview with Chris Hedges; item 4 is Robert Reich explaining why wages won't rise; and item 5 is Jon Queally on how the European political leaders want more spy powers (which will help them, but not the population, but this they will not say).

  • Jan 13: Crisis:  Angry Right, Paris, Financial Storm, Democratic Populism, Feinstein : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is a criticism of a former rightist about the tactics the liberals use; item 2 is about the motives of the murderers of the staff of Charlie Hebdo and others; item 3 is about economy (that turns out hardly to have studied credit, it seems); item 4 is about a plan of the Democrats to get more votes; and item 5 is about Dianne Feinstein's opinions.
         
  • Jan 12: Crisis: USA Crazy (?), Obama & Democrats, Paris Yesterday, Hedges : This is a crisis log. There are 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is an easy piece of journalism that I didn't like (I explain why); item 2 is a good and long article about Obama; item 3 is a report on The Guardian of the demonstrations in Paris (and other places) yesterday; and item 4 is an article by Chris Hedges, that I think simplifies too much (I explain why).

    I've also today uploaded a new version of Tour-Help-Directories: This is a list of the main directories on the site (each of which contains some files (perhaps again directories) and may contain many files. 
       
  • Jan 11: Crisis: Salman Rushdie, Lords of Secrecy, Greece, Cohen, M.E. : This is a crisis log. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a brief piece with an interesting video; item 2 is another interesting piece on secrecy (and totalitarianism, but less explicitly so); item 3 is about Greece, with some interesting facts on the enormous powers of Goldman Sachs; item 4 is a piece on the Guardian I did not like, except for the conclusion; and item 5 is a piece on the disease I have now for the 37th year (all without any help except for sleeping pills and minimal dole).
         
  • Jan 10: Crisis: Press Freedom, Petraeus, Obama, Black on TPP and TTIP  : This is a crisis log.
    There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is Glenn Greenwald on the freedom of the press; item 2 is about David Petraeus (former general, former head of the CIA) who may be prosecuted for giving his mistress- and-biographer secret materials; item 3 is about several deceptions Obama used; and item 4 is on the TTP and TTIP, and well worth reading.
          
  • Jan 9: "Philosophy" in Amsterdam, On a list of philosophical books, Charlie Hebdo   : This is
    mostly about a list of philosophical books I found on R.P. Wolff's site, preceded by brief bits of biography, and followed by an even briefer remark on Charlie Hebdo.
         
  • Jan 8: Crisis: Deregulated economy, Adam Curtis, Glenn Greenwald, Charlie Hebdo : This is another brief crisis file that has 4 items and 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about the deregulated economy; item 2 is about Adam Curtis (an English maker of documentaries); item 3 is about Glenn Greenwald on monitoring especially Muslims; and item 4 is about the murder of 12 persons in Paris yesterday.
     
  • Jan 7: Crisis: On the economy - 1 : This is a brief crisis file that registers some general things about the economy. It is brief, because I have little energy, but it seems interesting.

  • Jan 6: Crisis: Writers Censored, Trade Agreements a Disaster *2  : This is a crisis file: There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a PEN-report that shows quite a few writers self-censor, because they are afraid their mails or writings else may cause problems with some secret service; item 2 is about Senator Sanders' - eminently reasonable - call to publicize the text of the secret TTP; item 3 is about an article of Robert Reich that indicates the dangers and the wrongness of secret trade agreements; and item 4 is - briefly - about myself and M.E. And I also uploaded the crisis index that now extends till today. 

  • Jan 5:  Two and a half years of Linux : This is not a crisis file but a brief documentation of my using Linux now for more than two and a half years.

  • Jan 4:  Crisis: North Korea, Bush's martial law, Kucinich, Torture : A crisis log: There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is Glenn Greenwald on North Korea's asserted but unproved responsibility for the Sony hack; item 2 is a good article on the - still, since 2001 - enduring martial law in the US; item 3 is about Denis Kucinich's resolutions for 2015; item 4 is a long interview on torture in the NYRB; and item 5 is a very brief note on myself and on Hazlitt.
         
  • Jan 3:  William Hazlitt: Quotes : Just what the title says: Nearly 90 Kb of quotes by William Hazlitt.

  • Jan 2: Crisis: General Allen, Retractions, Paperbacks, CIA, Murdoch, William Hazlit : A crisis file (mostly) with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interview with an American general; item 2 is about science and retractions; item 3 is about paperbacks (not a real crisis item, but quite important for me); item 4 is about the massive amounts of secret propaganda that the CIA spreads; item 5 is not an article but a film about Rupert Murdoch's career; and item 6 is not a crisis item but is about William Hazlitt, who now has a fine article on the Wikipedia.
          
  • Jan 1: Nederlog 2015: Updates for the new year: The record of changes with a little about ten years of Nederlog and about planned updates. I prepared The  analytical index of Nederlog for 2014 and provide the link in case you want to search by subjects. There is no list of subjects, but you can search. There will be a crisis file later today. And this is it: Crisis: TPP * 2, Noam Chomsky, George Carlin: This is a crisis file, and there are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is by Bernie Sanders, and explains why the TPP is very bad; item 2 is by Jon Queally and is about Obama's strong support for the TPP, and also about Sanders' article in item 1; item 3 is by Chris Hedges about Noam Chomsky; and item 4 is not an article but three connected interviews (each or around 10 minutes) with George Carlin, that must be one of the last interviews Carlin gave.

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