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This file lists the changes made in
2017.
 
For summaries of 2016 and before: 2015-B, 2016-A, 2016-B
(and there is a lot more there, all the way back to 2004).

This is the index of everything that appears on the site: Index Nederlog 2017 (with access to all other Nederlog indexes)

There are changes (mostly additions) most days most weeks, sometimes quite a few, sometimes only one or two.
The important ones are all listed in the Nederlog file for the day, and are current to the date.

   Last date this file was changed :  May 28, 2017

Maarten Maartensz



 

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       The index for 2017 is under the last link.        
      
        For earlier summaries see 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 , 2009, 2010,
        2011
, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 - A, 2015-B, 2016-A, and 2016-B.

        For earlier indexes, get any index: They're all linked there.

        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  -  FEBRUARY - MARCH  - APRIL - MAY

MAY
  • May 28: Crisis+Quotation: Scahill, Hypocrisy, Spiegel * 2, Trump's Insanity : It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.

    And what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning - is to list the items I selected, but without any of my comments. Today I selected four items, and they are below and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments, basically because that takes too much work on the moment.

    There also is this:

And for the moment there are
  • May 27: Crisis + Diggers: The Diggers - 1 + Crisis Files : This is a crisis log but it is a bit different from how it was the last four years:

    I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will continue with it, but on the moment I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.

    It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but I will keep you informed in Nederlog.

    And what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning - is to list the items I selected, but without any of my comments. Today I selected four items, and they are below and link to the originals, but on the moment I have no comments, basically because that takes too much work on the moment.

    There also is this:

And for the moment there are two more sections:
The Diggers - 1 is the first part of a series on the San Francisco Diggers, who florished fifty years ago, in 1967, in San Francisco, and the Crisis Files are just that: Four items on the crisis selected from browsing 35 sites every morning.
  • May 26: Crisis: Greenwald & Scahill, Amnesia, Filthy Rich, Corporative Mafia : This is a crisis log.

    I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will continue with it, but on the moment I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.

    It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but will keep you informed in Nederlog.

    And what I will do for the moment - since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning - it to list the items I selected, but without any of my comments. Today I selected four items, and they are above [in the original article] and link to the originals.

    There are just two more items here and now:

and the usual sum-up of the services that have been denied to me now for 1 1/2 years .
  • May 25: Crisis: Peter Coyote - "Democrats Need To Clean Up Their Own House" : This is a crisis log which has just one item.

    I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch) and about the enormous dangers of surveillance (by secret services and by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I probably will continue with it, but on the moment I have several problems with my computer, my modem, the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible, and my health.

    It may be that I'll be off for a few weeks, that is, I will publish nothing or little for a few weeks. I don't know yet, but will keep you informed in Nederlog.

    And for today I decided to review only one item, namely "Democrats Need To Clean Up Their Own House", that was published last year after Trump's winning the presidency, and that is by Peter Coyote, who is one of the founders of the San Francisco Diggers, and who is a quite interesting and extra-ordinary man. More in section 1.

  • May 24: Crisis: "Healthcare" In USA, "Russiagate", Trump's Budget, NSA Surveillance This is a crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Roy Poses about postmodernism and the collapsing American health care system; item 2 is an about an article by Robert Parry that outlines why there - so far - has not been produced any evidence that the Russians hacked the American elections or the Democrats' mail servers; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich, who is quite right that Trump's (proposed) budget is "cruel and deviant"; and item 4 is about an article on Common Dreams that is glad about a recent judicial win in the fight against NSA surveillance.

  • May 23: Crisis: Trump's Budget, Europeans, WikiLeaks, US "Journalism", Big Data : This is a crisis log with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about the NYT's report on Trump's budget (for the very rich); item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich about the "European views" (by officials and ministers) on Trump; item 3 is about an article by Robert Scheer about Wikileaks; item 4 is about the Golden Age For Journalism that the American mainstream media project: If honest, they would have said it is a Golden Age For Propaganda; and item 5 is about Big Data, and both frightening and probably correct.

  • May 22: Crisis: Dead Republic, Iran's Moderation, Russia-gate, Stingrays : This is a crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges, who explains why he thinks the American republic is dead, and I agree; item 2 is about Iran's victory, which was for moderation; item 3 is about an article by MicGovern and Binney who explains their still has not been produced any credible evidence that Russia hacked the American elections (and I agree); and item 4 is about the use of stingrays to find people by finding their location from their cellphones.

  • May 21: Crisis: 'Broken Internet', WikiLeaks, Trump's Crimes, Julian Assange : This is a crisis log with four items and four dotted links: item 1 is a rather strange article on a billionaire who sees trouble with the internet, except that he manages to totally not see what I and many others see; item 2 is about an interview with a lawyer of Assange; item 3 is about the question whether Trump did commit high crimes and misdemeanors, and gives some good legal backgrounds; and item 4 is about a good article by John Pilger about Julian Assange.
     
  • May 20: Crisis: Julian Assange, 'Crazy Nut Job', Poitras, Economy, Spiegel: Trump Must Go : This is a crisis log with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about the withdrawal of Assange's arrest warrant; item 2 is about a NYT article about Trump's qualification of Comey as "crazy, a real nut job"; item 3 is about Laura Poitras' latest movie Risk, which happens to be about Julian Assange; item 4 is about the American economy and the American "democracy"; and item 5 is about an article by the chief editor of Spiegel that I agree with.
     
  • May 19: Crisis: Robert Mueller III, Special Counsel, Impeachment (?), Deep State, Trump & Facebook : This is a crisis log with five items and five dotted links: This contains reviews of four quite interesting articles about Robert Mueller III, and a very interesting article on how Trump used Facebook to win the American elections:

    item 1 is about an article by Trevor Aaronson on Mueller III, that includes references to the Church Committee (that I like); item 2 is about an interview Amy Goodman did; item 3 is about a change of mind about Trump in some elected Republicans; item 4 is about an article by Robert Parry who explains that the deep state's Trump coup-makers seem to have arrived; and item 5 is about a very interesting article that reports on Swiss research that explains how Trump won the elections: By using (secret) datapoints on each and every American to find out what they believe and how they may be best influenced. This is in fact what I foresaw in 2005 (in Dutch).


  • May 18: Crisis: Chelsea Manning, Trump Times, Kiriakou, Noam Chomsky, U.K. Labour Party : This is a crisislog with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about the release - after seven years imprisonment - of Chelsea Manning; item 2 is about an article in the NYT on dangerous times for Trump and the USA; item 3 is about an interview with John Kiriakou, who thinks impeaching Trump may be a good idea; item 4 is about the latest book by Noam Chomsky, and item 5 is about the election plans of the British Labour Party, that after some 20 years of Blatcherist (<-Wikipedia) Toryism at long last turn Left again.

  • May 17: Crisis: Trump Impeachable?, Trump's Madness, Trump's Family, Corporate Media : This is a crisis log with four items and six dotted links: Item 1 is about an interview on Democracy Now! on the possibility of impeaching Trump; item 2 is about an article by Paul Street on Donald Trump's madness; item 3 is about a brief article about Part II of a series about the Trump family; and item 4 is about corporate media, that soon may lie systematically in 3 out of 4 American homes.
        
  • May 16: Crisis: Trump & Alzheimer's, 5.5 Trillions For The Rich, Impeachment, WikiLeaks : This is a crisis log with four items and four dotted links (and I am a bit sorry it's - yet again - only about Trump): Item 1 is about an alias scientist who proposes an inept process to establish the possibility that Trump may have Alzheimer's and I think that is solid pseudoscience (regardless of whether he has it); item 2 is about the $5.5 trillion that Trump wants to give to the rich and himself; item 3 is about a fine article by Robert Parry about the attempt to impeach Trump without good evidence (which happens only in authoritarian states); and item 4 is about a good letter in defense of Assange by Snowden, Chomsky, Patti Smith and quite a few others.

  • May 15: Crisis: Trump As Symptom, Trump Impeachable *2, What If Trump Is Not An Idiot : This is a crisis log with four items and four dotted links (and I am a bit sorry it's - again - only about Trump): Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about Trump's (deliberate(?)) confusions about his executive powers and the judiciary powers of the courts; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich that starts frrom a similar point, which Reich thinks (and I agree) are impeachable offenses, but the chances that Trump will be impeached are, at present, very small; and item 4 is about an article by John Atcheson that asks the rather fair and appropriate question what if Trump is not an idiot (as most Americans may think now).
     
  • May 14: Crisis: On Terrorism, Oliver Stone, Russia-gate, Trump Is Deserved, George Carlin : This is a crisis log with five items and six dotted links: Item 1 is about the review of a book ("Misunderstanding Terrorism") that may be quite good; item 2 is about a long and good interview of Oliver Stone by Robert Scheer; item 3 is about Russia-gate and Trump; item 4 is a quite good satirical piece in Trump; and item 5 commemorates George Carlin, who was born on May 12, and also links to a clip.

    And I today uploaded an updated version of the
    crisis index: Until the end of April, I wrote 1562 crisis files, starting September 1, 2008.

  • May 13: Crisis: Barrett Brown, Trump & Russia, Russia's Pride, Republicans, William Binney : This is a crisis log with five items and six dotted links: Item 1 is about a jailed American reporter, Barrett Brown, and includes bits by Glenn Greenwald; item 2 is about a Dutch TV-program (in English), that now is also visible on Youtube, that details the real ties between Trump and Russian oligarchs (that Trump all denies); item 3 is about why Russia is important: it is the largest country in the world; it has about 145 million inhabitants; and in WW II no less than 27 million Russians were killed; item 4 is about an article by Robert Reich, who lists grounds to impeach Trump, and asks whether there are enough patriotic Republicans to do so (my answer: on the moment, no); and item 5 is about an article about William Binney, who outlines how the American population gets swindled by the intelligence agencies.

    Today's Nederlog is a bit smaller than it would have been if I had slept better and had less to do besides...
     

  • May 12: Crisis: Comey & Impeachment, Trump & Pai, Trump's Qualifications, Worker Ownership : This is a crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about Comey's firing and Trump's impeachment (and I consider the latter unlikely, at least now); item 2 is about Pai, computers and internet (and I have given up on both, and briefly explain); item 3 is about Trump's qualifications (and I thought it at least a bit funny); and item 4 is about worker ownership, which happens to be an idea that is some 200 years old, "whose time has now come", at least to some lawmakers in the USA.

    It is also May 12 today, which some may know is international ME-day (or ME/CFS). I have that disease now since 1.i.1979, and I have given up completely on anonymous patients, since in fact I think they do much more harm than good, what with their massive ignorance about science and scientific procedures, and their often rather sickening totally anonymous prose. I chose today to pay no attention to this, except by providing a reference to last year: I believe in science and in expertise, and not in bullshit and anonymous accusations that one should shut up because one is more intelligent than the average not well-educated, ever tired, non-scientific patient, with brain-fog and hardly any knowledge of any science.


  • May 11: Crisis: Comey's Firing, "Shocking", Deep State Coup?, Trump's Impeachment : This is a crisis log with four items and four links. They are mostly about Comey's dismissal (about which there is much more in the news): Item 1 is about an article on The Intercept about Comey's dismissal; item 2 is about an interview with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now! on the same topic; item 3 explains what happened in terms of the deep state (and seems plausible to me); and item 4 is about the chances of Trump's impeachment after dismissing Comey (less plausible before November 2018).

    Here are some further updates: (i)
    Over Geestelijke Gezondheid En Gestoordheid also was uploaded to
    ../philosophy/maartensz/
    FilEssays and (ii) the intro to Maarten Maartensz was slightly changed.


  • May 10: Crisis: Comey's Dismissal, Exit Open Internet, Forbidden Questions, Assange Prosecution : This is a crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about an article about James Comey's firing as Director of the FBI; item 2 is about Ajit Pai's attempt to make the rich, the corporations and the ISPs the bosses of the internet (shared with the secret services); item 3 is about 24 fine questions about the USA (that are all very much underdiscussed); and item 4 is about what the prosecution of Julian Assange implies: That the government and the secret services are to determine what is and is not published on the internet.

  • May 9: Crisis: French Elections, Sham Presidency, Blaming Others, Obama & Wall Street This is a crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is (once again) about the winner of the French elections; item 2 is about Trump as a sham president; item 3 is mostly about the Democrats, who indeed are still blaming others rather than their own leaders for loosing the elections; and item 4 is a good article about Obama (who is going to be quite rich, having been president).
      
  • May 8: Crisis: Emmys, Macron 1 & 2, Constitution Vs. Deep State, Poitras, ME/CFS : This is a crisis log with six items and six links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges' weekly column on Truthdig, and is this time not quite normal because Hedges got invited to the Emmy Awards (but it is good, as usual); item 2 is about Macron's winning from Le Pen (and this is brief because I don't like Tweets in - real - journalism); item 3 is a good article on the Deep State vs. the Constitution; item 4 is another article about Macron's win, this time with the correct numbers (2:1 approximately: quite good); item 5 is about a new film by Laura Petras about Julian Assange; and item 6 is about ME/CFS, and is here because I have that disease nearly 40 years, without it having been admitted by a single Dutch bureaucrat that I am and was really ill. (I'm off now because I reached my pension, but people who are younger than I am and who have M.E. may loose their money, especially in the USA, because they have an unexplained disease that the psychiatrists deny now since 1980 (!!) that exists).

  • May 7: Crisis: Oklahoma & Fascism, Facebook's Sickness, Trump Doctrine (?), Republicans This is a crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about how Oklahoma seems to be turning fascistic (by laws that promise punishments for tampering that exceed European punishments for murder); item 2 is about Facebook which I very strongly dislike; item 3 is about Reich's version of the Trump Doctrine (I dislike Trump but don't agree with Reich); and item 4 is about whether the Republicans are "sociopaths": I think not, for several reasons (one of which is my being a psychologist).

  • May 6: Crisis: Trump's "Healthcare" - Protests, Party of Death, Moral Travesty, Plain Sadism This is a crisis log with four items and four links (all about Trump"care", if only because it is exemplary awful): Item 1 is about an article and interview by Amy Goodman; item 2 is about an article by Chauncey DeVega; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich, and item 4 is about an article by RoseAnn DeMoro. As I said, all are about Trump"care" and all are good (from my point of view).

  • May 5: Crisis: Cruel  & Unfair Trumpcare, Privacy Nearly Dead, Trump's Tax Cuts This is a crisis log with three items and three links: Item 1 is about a fine article by Lauren McCauley on Common Dreams about the passage of the Trumpcare Bill (in Congress); item 2 is about an article about the enormous dangers of Facebook, Google, and Amazon, which I quite agree with and for that reason never use - but the real thing the article is about is published on Facebook, which I refuse to read; and item 3 is about a good interview with Greg Palast about America's greedy billionaires.

  • May 4: There are today two Nederlogs. This is the first: Explanations about the undoing of the renewal of my site : In it I explain briefly why I undid the change I made on February 1, 2017. And this is the second: Crisis: North Korea, Obama's Cash-In, Obamacare, Trump, Bully-Worships, Nuclear War : This is a crisis log with six items and six links: Item 1 is about North Korea and the USA; item 2 is about Obama's cashing in (and I guess he also will get more than $100 million dollars from various sources - autobiography + rich bankers - as did Bill and Hillary Clinton); item 3 is about how the new GOP "healthcare" plan is meant to exclude many who are poor from being insured; item 4 is about an article by Reich about Trump's unnecessary cruelty; item 5 is about a new article by Mike Lofgren; and item 6 is about the fact that no less than half a million persons want to take away Trump's power to start a war (as is the law in the USA: That is up to Congress, legally speaking, and not the president).

  • May 3: Crisis: Despots, Computational Curtain, Reality, Trump's Brain, Dodd-Frank, Payments : This is a crisis log with six items and six links: Item 1 is about a long article by Glenn Greenwald on praising despots: According to Greenwald (and I mostly agree) this has been American policy not just since Trump but since Truman; item 2 is about an interesting article on Truthdig about computers, and privatization of private data, and also about encryption (which is missing from the article); item 3 is an article about Trump's first 100 days; item 4 is about either the truly superhuman brain of Donald Trump or else about his megalomanic personality disorder; item 5 is about the rolling back of Dodd-Frank; and item 6 is a first specification how much congressional votes cost: They are rather cheap, especially for billionaires.

    Also, I have since February 1 made the Nederlog of the day (this one, today) into the opening of the site, but I found that is too much work for me (who also is ill) to do, so today I changed back to the previous old and proper schema (except for the fact that "xs4all" - really: the KPN - simply refuses to update my site properly, as they did do from 1996 to 2015, and as the other site I have, that I started in 2005 because already then "xs4all" was horrible for me, still does, and as is completely normal - but not for "xs4all" - really: KPN - anymore).

    I will explain this in some more detail tomorrow
    .

  • May 2: Crisis: Authoritarianism, About May Day, "Russiagate", Trump's Badness, Snyder : This is a crisis log with five items and five links: Item 1 is about an article by Robert Reich, who diagnoses Trump (now) as "an authoritarian" (and I agree more than not); item 2 is a good article about May Day, that told me several things I did not know; item 3 is about an article about "Russiagate", and I agree that I have not seen any evidence, for 6 months now, that the Russians did hack the American elections (which by now makes me think it was merely propaganda from the Democrats, to obscure Hillary's mistakes); item 4 is about an article by Robert Parry who argues that  Trump is going to be one of the worst U.S. presidents; and item 5 is about a good interview that Chauncey DeVega had with Timothy Snyder.

  • May 1: Crisis: Idiots (Egoists), "Fighting Tyranny", Who To Trust, May Day, American Communism : This is a crisis log with five items and five links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges (and I think he should have spoken of egoists rather than idiots); item 2 is about Bill McKibben and the climate (and McKibben is not quite like my parents); item 3 is about a good article by Robert Parry; item 4 is about May Day rallies (which happen today) and is quite good; and item 5 is an article I found quite interesting, namely about American communism (which I do because both of my parents were - lifelong, intelligent, sincere - communists (and both died the previous century)), but it may be interesting for those who do not know that, at least in the 1930ies and 1940ies, most communists were quite decent, quite intelligent persons who, then and there at least, made quite common and quite respectable political choices.
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  • Apr 30: Crisis: On Trump's First 100 Days - Four Views : This is a crisis log with four items and four links. It so happens all items are about Trump's first 100 days, and I have kept this Nederlog brief: Item 1 is from The Intercept; item 2 is from the NYT and is an interesting review of over 90 of Trump's lies; item 3 is about a decent article on Common Dreams; and item 4 is about an also decent article on Spiegel International.

  • Apr 29: Crisis: NSA Surveillance, CIA + Machiavellian Elites, ICD-11 (ME/CFS) : This is a crisis log with four items and four links that is a bit abnormal in that items 2 and 3 were on my backlog (I intended to review them but didn't), while item 4 is medical (and about ME/CFS):

    Item 1 is about an article on The Intercept that explains a part of the NSA surveillance programs is curtailed (but I do not think this is any improvement for anyone who is not American); item 2 and item 3 are part 3 and part 4 (the last part) of a series of articles on surveillance and democracy in the USA; and item 4 is mostly for persons with ME/CFS.


  • Apr 28: Crisis: Trump's Tax Plan, On String Theory, American Voters, 100 Days : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about a good article on Democracy Now! about how Trump's tax plan will benefit the rich; item 2 is in fact about a non-crisis item, but it is here both because I am interested in physics and because it gives some background to my extensive experiences with postmodernism; item 3 is about what seems to me a mostly misleading article by DeVega; and item 4 is about what seems to me a mostly misleading article by Gabler.

    And I did update the ME-Frame.


  • Apr 27: Crisis: Terrorizing, Obama, Taxes, Chomsky, Trump's Gibberish, Hundred Days : This is an ordinary crisis log with six items and six links: Item 1 is about the latest article by Chris Hedges (and the review is a bit smaller than normal, mostly
    because of this particular text); item 2 is about the fact that Obama's first speech to the rich bankers has been agreed to and will give him a mere $400.000 (which probably is just a small bit of what he will be rewarded with by the same party); item 3 is about
    a decent article in the New York Times on Trump's tax policies; item 4 is about a decent interview with Noam Chomsky; item 5 is about Trump's style of speech, that indeed seems to be mostly gibberish; and item 6 is about a good article by Ralph Nader on Trump's first 100 days.


  • Apr 26: Crisis: ”People's Party", On "Fascism", On "Neoconservatism", Trump's Failings : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about the possibility that Bernie Sanders would support a "People's Party", but he did not agree (yet, at least) and will be 79 in 2020; item 2 is about the thesis that Le Pen is a fascist and that populism is leftwing humanism, both of which seem a bit or rather mistaken to me; item 3 is about neoconservatism and James Burnham (in my extract), and it seems a mistake to me to identify Burnham as the father of neoconservatism; and item 4 is about a good article about Trump's many failings.

  • Apr 25: Crisis: Trump Unhinged, Snowden, Imperialism, Young Americans, "Resistance", For-Profit : This is an ordinary crisis log with six items and seven links: Item 1 is about an interview Donald Trump gave to Associated Press and also comes with a video. I have to admit that Trump either was dead drunk (but he doesn't drink) or he is considerably more stupid than I thought: it is quite amazing; item 2 is - in fact - about the latest collection from Edward Snowden's files, on The Intercept; item 3 is about part I from a series that may be OK, but that also exaggerates its comparisons; item 4 is about the preferences of young Americans (between 15 and 40); item 5 is about the 'Resistance' (aka "#Resistance"), that I agree is less resistance than propagandizing Hillary Clinton's views; and item 6 is about a day-by-day itemization of the first 100 days if Trump's corporate takeover, that I found interesting.

  • Apr 24: Crisis: Macron vs Le Pen, Surveillance, Occult Bullshit, 100 Days, On Marxism : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five links: Item 1 is about the outcome of the first round of the French presidential elections; item 2 is about surveillance of Americans, that I think will continue; item 3 is about the - apparent? - fact that Bannon, Trump and Hillary Clinton all dabbled in the occult; item 4 is about Reich's appraisal of Trump's first 100 days in office; and item 5 is about Marxism by a Marxist, and a bit interesting because this Marxist seems to reject - important parts of - historical materialism.

  • Apr 23: Crisis: March for Science, North Korea, Trump's 100 Days, Erdogan : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about the march for science that was yesterday. I haven't seen any results yet, and I admit - having very much experience with Dutch "academically employed scientists" - that I am rather skeptical (but would like to be refuted); item 2 is about North Korea and the USA; item 3 is about Trump's first 100 days, but is not a good article; and item 4 is about Erdogan's winning the Turkish elections, which seems the end of Turkish democracy and law.

  • Apr 22: Crisis: Republicans, Greenwald, Deep State, Wall Street, Health Professionals, Facebook : This is an ordinary crisis log with six items and six links: Item 1 is about one of the key corruptions practiced by the Republicans: They sell access to Congressional staffers; item 2 is about Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange's reaction to the threat that Wikileaks will be prosecuted; item 3 is about an article by Robert Kuttner about the deep state and Trump, but my problem is that I get no evidence to
    support his opinions; item 4 is about Trump's unchaining Wall Streets greed (which is very bad, in my opinion, but also may lead to another economical collapse, which is probably good); item 5 is about psychiatric health professionals who seem to be a little confused by the APA; and item 6 is about something long suspected (according to Kevin Drum): Facebook makes people crazy. (I tend to agree, but then I did not visit Facebook the last 6 years or so, and never was a member, and never will be a member: I am not a moron and I don't hand over my privacy to Facebook.)

  • Apr 21: Crisis: American Terrorism, Ailes & O'Reilly, Jeremy Corbyn, Julian Assange : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about an article that seems a bit mistaken; item 2 is about Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly, both of whom have been dismissed from Fox News for - extensive - sexual harassments; item 3 is about Jeremy Corbyn's speech (with some criticism of The Guardian by me); and item 4 is about a report about the arrest of Assange, that seems a little premature to me.

    Also, I again uploaded the Nederlogs of April 14 - April 20 because of a mistaken link (that will bother extremely few if any).

  • Apr 20: Crisis: O'Reilly Dismissed, British Elections In June, On Hillary Clinton, Super-Rich Democrats : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about Bill O'Reilly dismissal from Fox News; item 2 is about Theresa May's decision to have new British elections in June; item 3 is about some of the reasons Hillary Clinton lost the presidential elections; and item 4 is about an article by Ralph Nader who inquires what the super-rich Democrats are waiting for.

  • Apr 19: Crisis: On France, Tech Giants Destroy All Privacy, Reich, Social Media Passwords : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about France, that now has a presidential candidate like Sanders, who does well; item 2 is about a fine article and fine interview with the writer of what seems a fine book on the total destruction of all privacy of anyone non-rich by both the secret services (who treat everyone as a terrorist) and the tech giants (who treat everyone as a sub-human); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich; and item 4 is about the extremely sick and terroristic schema that is now practised by the American government on its borders.

  • Apr 18: Crisis: On Resistance, Republicans & Internet, Turkey, The "War On Terror" : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on resisting (and its price, which indeed is quite real); item 2 is about how the GOP tries to destroy any and all privacy on the internet; item 3 is about the question whether Turkey is becoming a dictatorship; and item 4 is about the "war on terror" and is a fine article.
      
  • Apr 17: Crisis: Nuclear Power, "America-First!", Russia-gate, Obama/Trump, Erdogan : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five links: Item 1 is about the extinction of nuclear power, that indeed seems likely (but the article fails to mention the remains of nuclear power); item 2 is about what the "America-First" propaganda really means: The military first; item 3 is about some five months of extensive propaganda about "Russia-gate" that seems to have suddenly stopped; item 4 is about the fact that both Obama and Trump were gross deceivers of their voters (as were Bush Jr., Bill Clinton, Bush Sr. and Ronald Reagan), and seems quite correct though not very hopeful; and item 5 is about Erdogan's win in Turkey, that I disbelieve, but that very probably will get him authoritarian power since 2029, at least.

  • Apr 16: Crisis: The Trump Doctrine (?), NSA Hacking "For All", The Totalitarians At The US Borders : This is an ordinary crisis log with three items and three links (it seems because of Easter): Item 1 is about an article by Robert Reich that I think a bit mistaken or misguided; item 2 is about the fact that NSA hacking tools now have been made available "to everyone" (by hackers); and item 3 is about the fact that everyone who enters the USA now is supposed to cough up (almost) all his privacy by releasing the codes that lock his or her cellphone.

  • Apr 15: Crisis: On Drones, Lots of Malware for Windows, On Pompeo, On Trump's Autocracy : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about an article about the USA's droning, which are partially secret and partially without (adequate) laws; item 2 is about an article about an enormous amount of malware that is being published, that will make attacking Windows computers far more easy; item 3 is about CIA director Pompeo who explicitly threatened press freedom and freedom of speech (against Wikileaks and Julian Assange); and item 4 is about a brief article of Robert Reich, about Trump and the distinctions between democracies and dictatorships.

  • Apr 14: Crisis: Snowden's Secrets, Trudeau Legalizes Marijuana, Russian Crisis, Land In Economy : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links:  Item 1 is about an article about Snowden's Secrets, which is now mostly fun (and which I did not know); item 2 is about Trudeau's legalization of marijuana, which I compare with the Dutchman's Van Thijn's decision not to legalize marijuana of the 1980ies (but - instead - to give his "personal permission" to friends of his to deal illegal drugs); item 3 is about the U.S.-Russian relations, which are quite dangerous now; and item 4 is especially for those interested in economics: This is about a well-written article that explains how the economists got rid of considering land in their - supposedly scientific - studies of the economy. (For they don't, for more than a hundred years already.)
      
  • Apr 13: Crisis: Allan Nairn, The VIPS, Trump's Attack Illegal, Sanders-Style Democratic Agenda : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about a good interview by Amy Goodman of Allan Nairn; item 2 is about a memorandum of the VIPS to Trump (which I agree with); item 3 is about how Trump's attack on Syria broke many laws; and item 4 is about how the Democrats are preparing "a Sanders- style populist economic agenda", that I believe to be mostly fraudulent with the present pro rich pro banker Democratic leaders.
     
  • Apr 12: Crisis: About Ron Wyden, For Trump Voters, French Elections, On Capitalism : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about an interview with Ron Wyden, whom I agree is a decent politician (one of the few) but
    whom I cannot regard as inspiring; item 2 is about a brief article by Robert Reich who outlines 13 important Trumpian deceptions of his voters; item 3 is an article about the French elections that I liked, because it is quite clear; and item 4 is an article about the
    evils of capitalism that seems to me to be composed of jargon only.

  • Apr 11: Crisis: Julian Assange, Shadow Cabinet, Totalitarianism, Neocons, Christopher Browning : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five links: Item 1 is about some interviews Julian Assange gave to Democracy Now!; item 2 is about an idea I know but missed: A Democratic Shadow Cabinet; item 3 is about the - quite shocking - solid totalitarian attitudes displayed by the American mainstream media; item 4 is about Trump's defeat by "neocons": I haven't seen it yet, but Robert Parry may be right; and item 5 is about a long review of a recent book about Hitler by Christopher Browning, who is one of the best writers about Hitler that I've read.

  • Apr 10: Crisis: Greenwald on Syria, On Michael Hayden, On Bill Maher, Jeremy Scahill : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about a - long - article by Glenn Greenwald on Syria and war reporting: I selected 10 points and give brief comments; item 2 is about Michael Hayden who in fact is the leading state terrorist in the USA, but who is dealt with in the mainstream media as if he is a source of truth, which is a fraud considering what is known about him; item 3 is about an attack on Bill Maher from a fairly conventional "leftist" point of view: I disagree with both, though I keep liking Bill Maher, for he makes one of the few programs on American TV that are worth seeing; and item 4 is about an article by Jeremy Scahill, who tears apart the "atrocious" coverage of Syria.

  • Apr  9: Crisis: Bannon & Kushner, Adam Curtis, American War Machine, Trampled Constitution : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four links: Item 1 is about an article by Robert Reich on Bannon & Kushner: I find it quite odd this doesn't even mention the facts that Bannon is an anti-semite and Kushner a Jew, also by faith; item 2 is about an interview with Adam Curtis, whom I like, but I found this interview not very sensible; item 3 is about a good article on the modern American war machine; and item 4 is another good article about the trampling of the American constitution and the responsibility of the American people.

  • Apr  8: Crisis: On War, Bannon vs Kushner, U.S. Strike on Syria, Hotline, George Carlin : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five links. Most are dedicated to the latest war (USA vs Syria): Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on war; item 2 is about another item than war, namely the fight between Bannon and Kushner as reported by the New York Times; item 3 is about Trump's bombing a Syrian air field without any approval by Congress, which may make this illegal; item 4 is about a threat the Russians made: They may shut down the deconfliction hotline; and item 5 is about George Carlin's response, 25 years ago, to the first Gulf War: Little has changed since then, except that warring got easier and much more frequent. (And I like Carlin a lot.)

  • Apr  7: Crisis: On Ayn Rand, Impeaching Trump, Bannon's Removal, Zimbardo, On Neoliberalism : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five links: Item 1 is about an article (by a philosopher) on Ayn Rand and her elitism; item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich on the grounds for impeaching Trump; item 3 is about an article about the removal of Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, that comes with a reasonable explanation; item 4 is about Philip Zimbardo on Trump (but I found this
    disappointing); and item 5 is about an interview with Michael Meeropol about Trump and his schemes, that seems mostly correct.


  • Apr  6: Crisis: On DARPA and computers, On Bannon, On Trump : This is an ordinary crisis log with three items and three links: Item 1 is about DARPA, which is in fact a part of American military intelligence, that produced many technological innovations, including personal computers and the internet; item 2 is about the fact that Bannon was removed as a member from the National Security Council; and item 3 is about an article about Trump that is more opinion than fact.

  • Apr  5: Crisis: On Trump's Lies, Cellphone Searches, Noam Chomsky, Mainstream Media : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and ten dotted links: Item 1 is about part 2 of a good series in the Los Angeles Times; item 2 is about the warrantless cellphone searches that are done at the U.S. Border: A new law has been introduced that forbids it, but it is based on the Fourth Amendment and only applies to American citizens; item 3 is about a fine interview with Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now! and
    I should add that I reviewed the first article, but there are no less than six more, which are all linked in this Nederlog, but not reviewed; and item 4 is about an article by Robert Parry on a really crazy attitude of the mainstream media: They are - they themselves completely falsely propose - the ones who decide what the truth is, much rather than the people who lived through it or the people who got a decent scientific education to find out what may be the truth: Now it are the journalists and editors of the - usually lying - mainstream media who are set up by
    the journalists and editors of the - usually lying - mainstream media as the deciders of what is true and what is false. It is utter crap, but it is popular in the USA.

    I also updated two links in the mainindex (old index): Nederlog now does get correctly retrieved.


  • Apr  4: Crisis: Chomsky On Trump, Trumpcare, Russians & Deep State, The LA Times : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about a good interview with Noam Chomsky who is quite worried about nuclear weapons and Trump's insanity; item 2 is about an article in The Intercept on Trumpcare, that I thought a little bit too optimistic; item 3 is about an audio + a brief article on Robert Scheer who - like me - has not seen any good factual evidence (for five months now) that the Russians did manipulate the American elections; and item 4 is about an article in the Los Angeles Times (a mainstream medium) that does speak the truth about Trump (in a way the other mainstream media so far have not followed).

  • Apr  3: Crisis: Walking Dead, USA Turns Into Police-State, Ferlinghetti, Junk Economics : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is a review of Chris Hedges' weekly column on Truthdig; item 2 is - in fact - how the USA is changing into a real police state; item 3 is mostly a nice quotation of a good poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti; and item 4 is a video from the second of two parts of an interview by Chris Hedges of the economist Michael Hudson.

    Also, I am sorry that yesterday the title of Nederlog seems to have fallen out: It is there, but indeed I was quite tired when I uploaded. It has been corrected now.
      
  • Apr  2: Crisis: On The "Deep State", White House Staffers, U.S. Borders, Junk Economics : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is an article on "the deep state", but I found it rather weak (and it reminds me of the days that I was told - in the University of Amsterdam - that "everybody knows that truth does not exist"); item 2 is about some of the White House's financial disclosures on some of Trump's staff; item 3 is about the illegal thefts of all private information that people risk who want to enter the USA (but it is a Guardian-article, which these days is not a recommendation [1]); and item 4 is a quite interesting video by Chris Hedges who is interviewing Michael Hudson (it is economy, but it is important)

  • Apr  1: Crisis: National Insecurity, Conmanship, Blaming Russia : This is an ordinary crisis log with three items and three dotted links: Item 1 is about the national insecurity, and is not bad but suffers from an ambiguous use of "(in)security"; item 2 is about Trumps art of conmanship; and item 3 is about the factually very totalitarian climate of opinion that rules both the mainstream media and Trump's government.
MARCH
  • Mar 31: Crisis: Exit Privacy, Lying & Groupthinking, Healthcare & War, Michael Hudson : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about the fact that in the USA privacy (for computers and cellphones) has been totally destroyed; item 2 is about Trump's lies but misses that Trump's supporters don't think he lies and also misses the whole idea of groupthinking; item 3 is about a quite interesting article about healthcare and war in the USA, which is too long to properly excerpt; and for item 4 something similar holds: it is a fine interview with Michael Hudson, but this again is too long to properly excerpt in Nederlog.

  • Mar 30: Crisis: Online Privacy 1 and 2, Chomsky, Trump, Starr On War, Timothy Snyder : This is an ordinary crisis log with six items and six dotted links: Item 1 is a review of Glenn Greenwald's reaction to the total destruction of online privace in the USA; item 2 is an addition to this, that explains there very probably also will be more surveilling; item 3 is about a recent interview with Noam Chomsky; item 4 is about Reich on Trump's fog machine (in propaganda); item 5 is a version + text of "War - what is it good for?", simply because it is a good song that is still very relevant, and that I recall hearing first in 1970; and item 6 is a part of an interview Bill Maher had with Timothy Snyder.

  • Mar 29: Crisis: Exit Internet Privacy (USA), Trump's Damages, Surveillance State, Chomsky : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about the destuction (in the USA) of internet privacy; item 2 is about the four ways in which Trump (still) can do very great harm; item 3 is about the surveillance state; and item 4 is about an interview with Noam Chomsky that is quite good.

    I also uploaded a somewhat improved version of the index for 2013 (you will not see it, but it is shorter).


  • Mar 28: Crisis: Trump & Bush, Cellphones & Laptops, Obamacare, Privacy Rules, Chomsky : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about some differences between Bush Jr. and Trump as regards dealings with the press; item 2 is about how the police requests cellphones and laptops at the borders of the USA; item 3 is about how Trump is planning to "explode" Obamacare; item 4 is about the great danger that in the USA all privacy rules get scrapped; and item 5 is about a warning by Noam Chomsky: There may be a "staged or alleged" terrorist attack on the USA, which may change very many things.

  • Mar 27: Crisis: Warring Neofascists, Trump's Wars, Paul Ryan, Erdogan's Propaganda : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges' column on Truthdig; item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on Trump's consistency as regards his war aims and his propaganda; item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich on Paul Ryan and the defeat of Trump's health care bill; and item 4 is - in fact - about Turkish state propaganda, which is extremely crude, and which suggests Erdogan is projecting psychologically.

    Incidentally, I did already - more or less - satisfy one end for this year: I published more non-crisis item already in this year than in the whole of last year. (It is not very important, but I like this.)


  • Mar 26: Crisis+More: About Jante's Law,  totalitarianism, ordinary people and groups : This is not an ordinary crisis log:

    I did not find enough items that I want to abstract and review for the first time this year, and I also found an article in The Guardian of March 24, 2017, that is in part about what the Norwegians (and the other Scandinavians) call "Jante's Loven" i.e. "Jante's Law". I did recall Jante's Law, but the article in The Guardian gave a more complete version than the one I remembered.

    Since I also think this "Law" is quite revealing about the ordinary totalitarianism that - I am convinced the last 50 years, mostly (I take it) because I come from a quite revolutionary anarchist and communist family (two anarchist grandparents; one communist grandparent; two communist parents; both parents and a grandparent in the resistance against Nazis; and parent and a grandparent locked up in German concentration camps for resisting the Nazis, where my grandfather was murdered [1]) - rules most ordinary people, and not only in Scandinavia, I decided to write about this today.

    Also, it is and it isn't part of the
    crisis items, which explains why I have fronted the title with "Crisis+More": Jante's Law and the ordinary totalitarianism of ordinary people explain a lot about the crisis, but they also are more comprehensive.

    Finally, while I think that what I am saying in this Nederlog is quite important, I also know it will not be popular - but again Jante's Law explains this quite well.


  • Mar 25: Crisis: Trump Defeaded*2, Trump & Church, Russia, American Cowardice : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five dotted links - and the first two items chart a considerable relief of mine: Item 1 is about a major defeat of Trump, for he did not succeed pushing through his healthcare program (that would have left 24 million Americans without health insurance); item 2 is about the same fact; item 3 is about Trump and Senator Frank Church; item 4 is about a demand that Trump's government be shut down, which seems an impracticable exaggeration by the Democratic Party in my eyes; and item 5 is about American cowardice, and is quite good (but is originally from 2013).

    I also uploaded a version of
    Crisis: democracy, libertarianism, net neutrality, open software (from 2013, with some improved links).

  • Mar 24: Crisis: You Have Been Sold, On Robert Mercer, Republicans, USA Is Sinking : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 correctly says that everyone with a computer or cellphone has been sold to the advertisers; item 2 gives information I did not know (and you probably did not either) about the billionaire Robert Mercer, who is behind Trump, Bannon and Conway; item 3 is about an article about how some extreme rightwing Republicans are trying to destroy health care as much as they can (but the article did not give numbers, which was a mistake); and item 4 is about an interesting interview that Abby Martin had with Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Colin Powell's assistant.

  • Mar 23: Crisis: Fighting Trump, U.S. Governance, The Psyche, Russia, No Privacy At All : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about an editorial in AlterNet that I like; item 2 is about the crisis in governance that Robert Reich says is real, which I agree with, although I don't see much in his proposals to overcome them; item 3 is about an article from which I only learned that its writer doesn't know anything about psychology; item 4 is about an article about "what Russia wants", but it doesn't get far beyond slogans; and item 5 is a fine article on Common Dreams about how everyone's private information will be totally free for internet providers to obtain and sell (which I think will make everyone who is not exceedingly rich into an effective sub-human, with less privacy than even slaves had).

    I also uploaded a few minor changes to /me/MMonMEonPR.  (It is still not quite OK, but it is readable.)

  • Mar 22: Crisis: Black Budget, War, Snowden, Comey's Testimony, "Morning Joe", Trump's Sanity : This is an ordinary crisis log with six items and six dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump's budget for secret spying, and is interesting, although the budget hasn't arrived yet and will probably remain mostly a secret; item 2 is about Trump's expanding the military budget and homeland security programs with defense contractors, which I think is evidence he is preparing for war; item 3 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on Snowden that it good; item 4 is about how Comey and Roger's testimonies hurt Trump (and may be seen as part of the efforts of the deep state to get rid of Trump); item 5 is about the TV-progran "Morning Joe", which has a daughter of Brzezinski as co-host, that calls for dumping Trump; and item 6 is about an question of Kevin Drum that allows me to explain something how diagnosing is done in psychiatry and psychology.

  • Mar 21: Crisis: On Trump's Tweets, Trump's Fights, Trump & Diplomacy, Robert Reich : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about the outcomes of the FBI's Comey and the NSA's Rogers and is quite interesting; item 2 is about how Trump - apparently through a combination of ignorance and dishonesty - is upsetting Germany, the U.K., the NATO and the EU (which is made much more serious by Trump's megalomania); item 3 is about how Trump is in fact preparing for war; and item 4 is about an interesting article by Robert Reich who describes political Washington-as-is: it seems a major mess, and the main reasons are the combination of Trump's nuttiness with his foreign policies.

    Also, I did at long last sleep a bit better (and strongly hope this will continue), and it is Spring now, after another autumn-like "winter".


  • Mar 20: Crisis: On Resistance, Climate-Change, Free Speech, Wishful Thinking This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges' weekly column on Truthdig; item 2 is about the G20-top, which allowed itself to be bullied by Trumpians; item 3 is about how right-wing billionaires are trying to control free speech in universities; and item 4 is about a bad article that only consists of wishful thinking.

    Also, I am glad there is not much news to report, because I am again in a period of little sleep and considerable pain.

    Added today in /philosophy/maartensz/FilEssays : Feiten over sex (uit 1979/1980).

  • Mar 19: Crisis+ME: On "Fascism", On Trump, On Bannon, Young Americans, ME/CFS and PACE  This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and six dotted links: Item 1 is about "11 key lessons from fascism", by "a poet and fiction writer" that I found pretty ridiculous; item 2 is about Trump's gaffes, but is less serious; item 3 is about Steve Bannon, with an extra link to a video by Abby Martin, and this is a good item; item 4 is about young Americans, who have somewhat odd notions about what "illegitimate" means (but most are against Trump); and item 5 is about ME/CFS and a recent widely signed letter on the PACE trial

    Also, I am glad there is not much news to report, because I am again in a period of little sleep and considerable pain, though I slept a bit better last night.


  • Mar 18: Crisis: Lofgren On The Deep State, Ralph Nader, Unleashed Insanity, Wall Street's Pay : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine article by Nafeez Ahmed that mostly consists of an interview with Mike Lofgren (I like it, but it is too long to extract in Nederlog: You get a summary of sorts); item 2 is about Ralph Nader, who correctly says Trump's mask is (more or less) off; item 3 is about an article by Todd Gitlin I don't quite agree with; and item 4 is about a fine article about the incredible wealth that Wall Street's bankers assign to themselves.

    Also, I am glad there is not much news to report, because I am again in a period of little sleep and considerable pain.
     
  • Mar 17: Crisis: Dutch Elections, Trump/Russia, Trump/Obama, US Citizes Have No Rights : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is a brief review of a text by Spiegel International about the Dutch elections (that I did not think very reasonable); item 2 is about the Trump/Russia collusion and I agree that there is no evidence; item 3 is about Trump's claim that Obama tapped Trump's phone in 2016, which Trump still insists on, in spite of there being no evidence; and item 4 is about the position of US citizens vs US border agents: This is like that between sub-humans and super-humans, at least from my (classical liberal) point of view.

    Also, I am glad there is not much news to report, because I am again in a period of little sleep and considerable pain.

  • Mar 16: Crisis: Trump & Goldman Sachs, Dutch Vote, Political System, Jill Green, The Guardian : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump's extremely close connections with Goldman Sachs; item 2 is about the Dutch vote (mostly because I am Dutch, not because it interests me, for it doesn't); item 3 is about an article that fails to draw the distinction between laws and politicians; item 4 is about Jill Stein, who is right about the two-party system; and item 5 is about The Guardian, that promotes a GCHQ demand (and has gone all Blairite/Blatcherist).
     
  • Mar 15: Crisis: Media Realities, Wealthcare, Social Media Passwords, CIA, The Trap - 1 : This is an ordinary crisis log with five items and five dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite good item about "Big Media Realities"; item 2 is about how Trump changed healthcare to wealthcare, and will kick out a mere 24 million Americans from being insured for health at all, while simultaneously benefitting the 0.1% with a mere $207,000 a year: neofascism in full practice, without any holds barred; item 3 is about another aspect of Trumpian neofascism: in fact all U.S. citizens now can be forced to give their own phone passwords (!!!), or be denied entrance to the USA; item 4 is about how the 'Vault 7' publication gets interpreted by a large part of the U.S. media: Not to complain about neofascistic spying, but to start to find who released the information; and item 5 is about a good documentary by Adam Curtis (from 2007).

  • Mar 14: Crisis: Secret Services, North Korea, Watergate Inquiry (?), Trump Dystopia (?) : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald who (once again) explains that the secret services know almost everything there is to know about persons, which includes US citizens; item 2 is about the present quite tense situation around North Korea; item 3 is about an article that seemed to me mostly wishful thinking; and item 4 is about an article that promises to be about Trump's dystopian nightmare, but seems - in my eyes - more designed to sell the dystopian novel its author wrote.

  • Mar 13: Crisis: On Death, Sanders on Trump, Responsible Conservatism, On Sanders & New Party : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges' weekly column on Truthdig; item 2 is about an interview with Bernie Sanders (with a note by me on The Guardian); item 3 is about conservatism, but is a bit vague (no definition, for one thing); and item 4 is about an interview with someone who collaborated with Sanders, about whether Sanders should try to lead a third party. (I think he should, but I agree the question is difficult. And I think he should because both the Democrats and the Republicans have sold themselves to the bankers: They're too rich and too corrupt.)
     
  • Mar 12: Crisis: On The Constitution, State Secret Privileges, America's Poor, Goldwater Rule  This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite threatening possibility: The rich may soon be abled to completely rewrite the American Constitution; item 2 is about a ridiculous and very dangerous proposal pf Trump's government: To declare the amount of violence used against prisoners "a state secret"; item 3 is about another serious threat: Soon Americans may be dying in the streets without housing and without money, because the poor have to pay for the wars the rich conduct in their names; and item 4 is about an - anyway rather crazy - rule by which the American Psychiatric Association seeks to deny the rights of psychiatrists to speak from their professional expertise on the mental health of extremely prominent people.

    Also, I updated the last crisis index (until and including February 2017). And I updated /philosophy/maartensz/PhilEssays a bit and  updated the
    /philosophy/maartensz/ section, by adding a directory "FilEssays" for essays in Dutch.

  • Mar 11: Crisis: On Global Surveillance, Wikileaks & Panopticon, Trump Insane, Sanders On Trump : This is a crisis log with four items and four dotted links, but the first link is fairly special: Item 1 is a partial extract from a Wikipedia lemma on global surveillance; item 2 is about a reaction on the Off-Guardian about the latest revelations on Wikileaks; item 3 is about an item that asks a question I consider quite legitimate (since a year now, also) but doesn't answer it; and item 4 is about a Bernie Sanders plan, who also had some fundamental and valid criticisms of Trump.

  • Mar 10: Crisis: Steve Bannon's Illusions, Russian Story, American Health Care, Social Obligations : This is an ordinary crisis log with four items and four dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Alastair Crooke on Steve Bannon (who seems to be too sympathetic to Bannon); item 2 is about an article by Matt Taibbi who points out that there is no evidence about the stories of Russian interference with Trump or the American elections; item 3 is about an article by Richard Eskow that points out that the Republican Health Care Act is a wealth grab (and he is right); and item 4 is about an interview with Michael Hudson, who insists - quite correctly - that health care and retirement are social obligations much rather than that these have to be prepaid by
    everyone who receives them, or else they will receive hardly anything.

     
  • Mar 9: Crisis+ME: WikiLeaks, Post-Truth, C.I.A., Trump, Rationale, Q&A on ME/CFS Research : This is a somewhat mixed Nederlog: The first four items are regular crisis items; the last two are about ME/CFS:

    Item 1 is in fact a video by The Young Turks, which is here because it is fairly short (10 m) and quite clear; item 2 is about a fairly long interview with Timothy Snyder; item 3 is about an article in the NYT that describes part of the C.I.A.'s reactions to the WikiLeaks publication about them; and item 4 is about a fairly interesting article by a soap opera star on Trump.

    The other two articles are about ME/CFS: Item 5 is about a fine article by Suzy Chapman, and item 6 is about the last upload of a Q&A with
    Ron Davis (<-Wikipedia), who answered questions about his ME/CFS research.
  • Mar 8: There are 2 files today. The first is this:  Over Geestelijke Gezondheid En Gestoordheid. This is the full, corrected and annotated version of four earlier files I published in Nederlog. It's all in Dutch, which is a bit of a pity. Here is the English description of what it is:

    This is 300 Kb and is about (with its title translated) "On mental health and madness" and is in fact my theory of what psychiatry should be. It was written in 1987 (!), in part to justify myself that I had taken the care of my insane girlfriend who had schizophrenia (according to myself, herself and plenty of medical doctors). The brief of it is that when I started with her (moved by love on my side, and by admiration on her side) she had no money, no occupation, and no education, and lived in a hole in the ground "battling with nuclear arms", while when she left me she was studying psychology and had a job in the university, and a few years later an M.A. and then (in England) a Ph.D., all in psychology.

    I wrote it mostly for my own benefit and her benefit in order to justify my doing the above, though in 1987 she had just started studying psychology. What I wrote was based on 20 years of readings in psychology and psychiatry. I still like it, and think it much more sensible than current "medical psychiatry", but this also shows it is not in the current tradition of psychiatry, though it is based on an alternative approach to psychiatry somewhat current in the 1970ies (mostly due to  Silvano Arieti (<-Wikipedia)).

    Anyway... it is all here, but you need Dutch to read it.


    The other file is a normal crisis log: Crisis: Democratic Party, US "Health"-care, Wikileaks 1 & 2 : This is a normal crisis log with 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a 180 degrees turn of the Democratic Party; item 2 is about how Trump fixed Obamacare: The very rich get several millions; everyone who earns less than $200,000 gets nothing; and 10 to 20 million people are going to be uninsured; and item 3 and item 4 are about the latest Wikileaks' publications: The CIA can and does hack every cellphone (and does so - in my honest opinion, with a grandfather murdered and a father locked up in Nazi concentration camps - to prepare a neofascist dictatorship of the very rich and their helpers).
     
  • Mar 7:  Crisis: The Deep State, Facts All Relative (?), "Russian Hacking", The Rich vs The Poor : This is an ordinary crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by someone who strongly recommends Mike Lofgren's book; item 2 is about Roger Stone who said "facts are in the eye of the beholder": No, they are not; item 3 is about Russian hacking and (once again) correctly concludes there is no evidence of Russian hacking of the presidential elections; and item 4 is about a fine article on the rich vs the poor: The few rich are getting a whole lot richer every year, while the poor are getting a whole lot poorer every year, and this has been so ever since Reagan.

    I also updated small parts of the Philosophical Dictionary (References, and the letters C, H, L, P).

  • Mar 6:  Crisis: On Chomsky On "Consent", On Hedges On Liberals, On Trump, On Snowden : This is an ordinary crisis log. There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a quite good review of a quite good short documentary on a quite good book by Chomsky and Herman; item 2 is an interesting article by Chris Hedges on the liberal elites (I liked it, but I think Hedges needed a little more awareness that a considerable part of "the liberal elites" is deceived and deluded by the mass media as well); item 3 is about an interesting article by Robert Reich (and I agree that Trump is not sane, but not quite with Reich); and item 4 is an interesting article by Ray McGovern on Edward Snowden. (The first two articles are the most interesting.)

  • Mar 5:  Crisis: On The Deep State, On 'Russia-gate', On The NSA, On The Guardian : This is an ordinary crisis log. There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a new article by Mike Lofgren on the deep state; item 2 is about the - quite crazy - politics behind "Russia-gate"; item 3 is about how extremely little the NSA coughs up about what it does; and item 4 is an explanation of The Guardian by someone who doesn't like it.

  • Mar 4:  Crisis: About WikiSpooks  This is a crisis log but it is not an ordinary one. I ran yesterday into something that calls itself "Wikispooks" and said that I would return to it. This is a return, which is motivated by the fact that I did not find enough articles to write an ordinary crisis log.

    So here are 5 items with 5 dotted links that all derive from the Wikispooks site: item 1 is about Wikispooks About; item 2 is about an article called Official Narratives; item 3 is about deep politics (because that is the field of Wikispooks); item 4 is about the deep state; and item 5 is about deep events.

     
  • Mar 3:  Crisis: On The Deep State, On Terrorism, Zuesse's Sick Bullshit, "Russian Hacking" : This is an ordinary crisis log (after some days on the news about ME/CFS). There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite interesting article with interesting links to information about the Deep State; item 2 is about how Trump's government might stop protesters: By insisting that someone who protests Trump is engaging in "domestic terrorist violence"; item 3 is about an article on the deep state that is mostly sick nonsense ("the deep state is the aristocracy and Jeremy Scahill is one of its agents" - all without the least evidence); and item 4 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about "Russian hacking" in which Greenwald also disbelieves (as I do) , namely for lack of any evidence.

  • Mar 2:  Crisis: Trump & Russia, The US Media, On Bannon, On Wilders : This is an ordinary crisis log (after some days on the news about ME/CFS). There are 4 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is a so-so article from Consortiumnews, as is item 2, for both are rather vague in my opinion; item 3 is a decent article by Michael Winship on Stephen Bannon; and item 4 is a decent interview by Spiegel with the brother of Geert Wilders.

  • Mar 1:  Crisis: Reichstag Fire, Can't Happen Here?, Mainstream Media, On "Christian" Fascism : This is an ordinary crisis log (after some days on the news about ME/CFS). There are 4 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the dangers of another Reichstag fire, which I think are quite realistic; item 2 is about people who deny that fascism or neofascism can arrive in the USA: They are mistaken; item 3 is a fine article about the mainstream media; and item 4 is about a video by Abby Martin who interviews Chris Hedges. I liked it but have some comments.
FEBRUARY
  • Feb 28: Crisis: On The Reichstag, Trump's Abnormality, The Media, The Free Press, About Russia : This is an ordinary crisis log (after some days on the news about ME/CFS). There are 5 items with 6 dotted links: Item 1 is a review of two articles that both stress the importance of the Reichstag fire for the modern USA (for it may happen in the USA as well); item 2 is about how abnormal the Trumpian government is (according to the NYT); item 3 is about how Trump's attack on journalists and on the media also are reflected around the world; item 4 is about the free press, with references to both Trump and Erdogan (according to Spiegel International); and item 5 is a fine interview by Abby Martin with someone who lived for ten years in Russia, that clarified the history of Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union rather well for me.

    And I uploaded February 21 and February 24 - February 26, 2017, to M.E.-resources today and updated the M.E. frame.

  • Feb 27:  Crisis: The Gulfwar (1991), US Race Laws, Bannon, Trump's Degeneracy, Big Pharma : This is an ordinary crisis log (after some days on the news about ME/CFS). There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is by me about the Gulf War, that officially ended on Feb 27, 1991, and was the first war I know about that was reported as pure propaganda; item 2 is about an article by Chris Hedges of the US race laws that are cropping up under Trump; item 3 is about an article about what Steve Bannon wants (in the NYT); item 4 is about Trump's attempt to lock up every protestor for ten to twentyfive years for "resisting arrest"; and item 5 is about yet another corrupt and fraudulent extension of the pharmaceutical corporations' extremely many abuses (that make it very many billions a year in profits).

  • Feb 26:  me+ME+Crisis: About ME/CFS - 2: On being early : This is the fourth file in the new series About ME/CFS. It continues  yesterday's Some updates about Oystein Fluge and Ron Davis which you are strongly adviced to read because it gives my main reasons to insist that my ex and myself (the only two persons I know with ME/CFS) are really ill since over 38 years.

    In these 38 years I at least (my ex and I split up in 1984) was never helped and very intentionally hurt
    very much by both the University of Amsterdam and the City of Amsterdam (that owns most of the University) that never accepted my real illness and had me threatened five times with murder between 1988 and 1992 by the illegal drugsdealers the City protected even after they had been arrested with 2 kiloos of heroin and 1 kilo of cocaine in 1991.

    Before that, from 1981 till 1984, my ex and I were tortured with three years of insufficient sleep in a studentflat by an insane madman who threatened to murder me; who attacked me physically; and whose alcoholic non-studying friend had parties till deep in the night directly above us four times in the week. Nobody did anything against the madman, and the Amsterdam City police told me and the madman literally (in Dutch):
    "We will come only if the dead bodies are lying on the floors, for all Amsterdammers are shitheads."
    (These policemen were not from Amsterdam.) This destroyed my studies and my health and broke up the relation with my ex.

    These three + four years of total discrimination taught me that the illegal dealings in illegal drugs have been organized by Amsterdam mayors, lawyers and fascist terrorists because they made an enormous amount of money that way - which I think without valid proof, but which I do maintain on the basis of 4 years of completely allowed terrorism against me by illegal drugsdealers I dared to protest against.

    The University of Amsterdam of illegally removed me from doing the M.A. in philosophy because I was not a Marxist (!!!) and because I had criticized the education I got, which it turned out I was not allowed to.

    There is more in the introduction, but this is sufficient.


  • Feb 25:  me+ME+Crisis: About ME/CFS - 1: Some updates about Oystein Fluge and Ron Davis : This is the third file in the new series About ME/CFS. Item 1 is about Oystein Fluge's research with 5 links; item 2 is about Ron Davis's research with 7 links and 4 pictures; item 3 is on the crisis and has 7 links (but no comments by me); and item 4 repeats the three Carlin items because I really like Carlin and think he was and is one of the very few to tell the truth about politics, culture and civilization: Almost everybody else bullshitted.

    I know I am repeating some (in items 1, 2 and 4) but I am also adding some. In fact, the first two items clarify why I am rather certain that the basic outlines of the real cause of ME/CFS have been found.


  • Feb 24:  me+ME+Crisis: About ME/CFS - 0: To my GP (Dutch + English) : This is a Nederlog of Friday, February 24, 2017. This is not an ordinary crisis log but is the proper start of a series "About ME/CFS". So this is the first item of that series (but I did include February 21 also). It is "About ME/CFS - 0" which again is called "To my GP (Dutch + English)". (..)

    Summary: This is the first file in the new series About ME/CFS. Item 1 is a reproduction of a mail (in Dutch) that I wrote to my GP on February 19 and it comes with 34 English notes that I added today; item 2 is the beginning of the index
    "About ME/CFS"; item 3 are seven Crisis files, but without my comments; and item 4 consists of a repeat from yesterday, for I like George Carlin very much because he was very witty and is one of the very few people I know who spoke the truth about politics, culture and civilization: Almost everybody else bullshitted.

  • Feb 23:  Crisis: On Palantir, Helping The Police, "Fake News", Arrow's Theorem, George Carlin : This is again a normal crisis log. The reason my site has changed is explained here, but this will take time, and does not mean there will be no more crisis  items, though I expect to write more about ME/CFS because this - at looooong last indeed - finally has turned into a real disease, which I and my ex happen to have for more than 38 years, while over 90% of the medical people we saw insisted we were crazy, in spite of excellent evidence we were not. But they could not find anything and therefore they blamed us: We must be insane ("psychosomatizers") to think we were ill, for that was said about us by medical persons since April 1979, and is probably still the opinion of most Dutch medical doctors and all Dutch psychiatrists.

    In the present Nederlog there are 5 items and 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about a corporation owned by the billionaire Peter Thiel, called Palantir, that very much helps many secret services to spy in secret on everyone; item 2 is about how Facebook, Apple and Google are much helping the police to know absolutely everything about anyone arrested; item 3 is about the fake news that is spread by the fake news media that are propagandizing Western values - and that often also is not given at all because it casts doubt on Western propaganda; item 4 is about Arrow's Theorem, that I know about since the 1970ies, and that indeed is completely void, like very much of mathematical economy: it validly describes a pure fantasy world, and not the real world at all; and item 5 consist of three very fine and mostly quite true items by George Carlin.


  • Feb 22:  Crisis: Dodd-Frank, Police State, Tyranny, Constitutional Apocalypse, On Trump's Madness : This is again a normal crisis log, unlike yesterday. There are 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump and Dodd-Frank, which Trump tries to kill; item 2 is about how America is becoming a police state; item 3 is about Reich on tyranny; item 4 is about a quite good article on the constitutional apocalypse that threatens, and on the "left" versus the Left (in my terms); and item 5 is about Allen Frances and The Very Great Mind Of Donald Trump, who is not mad at all, that is: according to Frances, who is a rich practitioner of pseudoscience, namely psychiatry.

  • Feb 21:  me+ME+Crisis: MAJOR CHANGES ON MY SITE : This is not a normal crisis log. It has three subjects, each with several links:

    First, Dr Mickey Nardo died on February 19, 2017. He was around 77 (I do not know precisely: He got pensioned in 2003. He may have been older.)

    Who was Mickey Nardo? He was: (i) a mathematician who planned a research career in medicine, and who started studying medicine, namely internal medicine and immunology; (ii) after an intermission in the Air Force, he changed his career and studied psychiatry and psychoanalysis and practiced that till somewhere in the 1980s in American universities; (iii) then also psychiatry had changed a lot through the DSM-III of 1980, and Dr Nardo got into some conflicts with Dr Nemeroff (one of the many multi-millionaires and psychiatric frauds) which stopped Dr Nardo's university work, and started his private practice in psychiatry.

    Later (after 2003) Dr Nardo found (quoted from item 2 below), with Dr Nardo writing:
    I began to read up on the psychopharmacology literature and couldn’t believe what I found. I had been oblivious to the gross invasion of academic psychiatry by the pharmaceutical industry, cloistered in my psychotherapy practice. I had already been a blogger, but the more I learned, the more the blog [1boringoldman.com] turned towards the dreadful state of affairs in psychiatry.
    And this is where I found him, I think in 2012 but certainly in 2013.

    Second
    , I am - after a "mere" full 38 years of truly enormous discrimination (but not only because of my disease, though that always played the main role because it was never admitted) - at loooooooong last finally declared to be really ill.

    It is a considerable surprise to me, for I had doubted I would ever know what really ailed me, and both my ex and myself have ME/CFS since January 1979. Until now, most medics who saw us (sometimes after a brief examinations) simply concluded we are insane, that is in "medical" terms: psychosomatizers, which we are (according to them) because they could not find anything while most loved blaming the victim. ("No, no, you are not ill: I know because I am a medical doctor. What you really are is a psychosomatizer." Their more less literal words in tens of cases.)

    There is more introduction here.

  • Feb 20:  Crisis: On (American) Racism *2, Democrats & Leaking, McCain, Trump : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a quite interesting article by Chris Hedges, in part about James Baldwin and about (American) racism; item 2 is also about James Baldwin; item 3 is about an interview with Glenn Greenwald about the Democratic Party and leaks; item 4 is about John McCain and Trump; and item 5 is about an article by Robert Reich about Trump.

    Incidentally, this Nederlog was - again - written while I am quite tired because I didn't sleep enough because I have pain. Ah well - see ME/CFS and also Note [3] below.
      
  • Feb 19:  Crisis: On Muslims, On Republicans *2, On Trump and the Deep State, Carlin, Snowden : This file is a crisis log with 6 files and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article in The Intercept about "Muslims" which I liked; item 2 is about a more general
    feature of the present Republicans: They have the power and therefore avoid meeting the people; item 3 is about Trump and the Republicans (who serve the few rich, and not the many non-rich); item 4 is about a long and good article about the Trump cabinet and the Deep State that I liked (but it is simply too long to properly extract); item 5 is about a very good and quite funny video with George Carlin about free speech (which I am a proponent of); and item 6 is another video that is a record of a long interview
    with Edward Snowden from late 2016, which I liked (and did not see earlier).

  • Feb 18: Crisis: Trump & Fascism, One Month, Vilified Media, ResistTrump, Republican Backbones : This file is a crisis log with 6 files and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is an interesting article about Trump's cabinet; item 2 and item 3 are two different appraisals of the first month of Trump's presidency (and they agree quite a bit more than I expected); item 4 is about the reason why Trump vilifies "the media", as an authoritarian: because they don't say what he wants them to say; item 5 is about a good article by Bianca Jagger on Trump; and item 6 is a good article by Moyers and Winship on the lacking backbone of most Republicans.

  • Feb 17: Crisis: Trump Press Meltdown, Nuclear Apocalypse, Glenn Greenwald, Trump Scams : This file is a crisis log with 4 files and 6 dotted links. Item 1 is about the Trump Press Meltdown, and in fact has three dotted links; item 2 is an interesting but somewhat frightening article about the nuclear fantasies and delusions by a Trumpian that was nominated by Trump to the National Security Council; item 3 is about a fine interview with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!; and item 4 is about an article on Truthdig that is OK but that I also found a little bit naive.

  • Feb 16:  Crisis: Psychiaty, Messy White House, "Russian Hacking", American Economy, Democracy This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Congressmember Ted Lieu, who proposed a bill that requires a psychiatrist in the White House (I don't quite agree, but my arguments are those of a psychologist, and Lieu's reasoning is mostly correct); item 2 is about Trump's dysfunctional White House (and can be seen as supporting Robert Reich's article that I reviewed yesterday); item 3 is about real evidence for a Russian interference in the USA or in Germany by Ray McGovern, and is quite good (and there is no real evidence); item 4 is a fairly brief and completely inadequate review of a long, quite good, and recommended article by David Morris about the present state of the American economy; and item 5 is a review of an article by Timithy Snyder that I like and recommend.

  • Feb 15:  Crisis: Exit Democracy, Law & Government, White House, Major Corruption, More Hudson : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a quite interesting article about an American academic who specializes in fascism, and who warns that the American democracy will very soon be dead unless it is opposed by many (and I quite agree); item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about Gen. Flynn's lies, which I mostly skip: I concentrate on a few general poins about law and government; item 3 us about an article by Robert Reich about the White House, that Reich - who was Secretary of Labor under Clinton's first presidency - insists is a "mess"; item 4 is about an article on Common Dreams that - correctly, in my opinion - says Trump's gift to the oil company leaves them completely free to corrupt any foreign government; and item 5 is not a text, but is another good video with Michael Hudson, which I recommend you see.

  • Feb 14:  Crisis: Dystopia, "Civil Rights Groups", Trump & China, Trump & Loglines, Michael Hudson : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a fine article on dystopia, that compares Donald Trump with some famous persons; item 2 is
    about internet neutrality (that seems to be soon finished by Trump); item 3 is about an article about Trump and China that did not start well, but is decent; item 4 is about an article that points out Trump's slogans are much like the "high concepts" and "loglines" that are used to bait audiences (and I more or less halfly agree); and item 5 is not a text, but is a video with a fine interview with a prominent economist, who happens to think quite similarly about economics as I do.

  • Feb 13:  Crisis: The Elites, Trump & CIA, On Chomsky, Obamacare, Trump's Psyche, Hedges & Taibbi : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about the last article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about a quite disappointing article about Trump and the CIA; item 3 is about a fine article about Noam Chomsky; item 4 is about a brief article by Robert Reich about the real reason Obamacare will be stopped: Very profitable to the rich; item 5 is about a fairly good psychological portrait of Trump; and item 6 is not an article but a video of Chris Hedges interviewing Matt Taibbi, that I liked.

  • Feb 12:  Crisis: On Bannon, On the TTP, Americans & Democracy, On the TISA, Ignorant Americans : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is mostly about Steve Bannon on the basis of an article in The Intercept; item 2 is a very good article on the TPP (I recommend you download it); item 3 is an unsatisfactory item on the present state of American democracy; item 4 is a very good article on the TISA (and again I recommend you to download it); and item 5 is a brief video item by Bill Maher, who deplores the growths of stupidity and ignorance in the USA.
      
  • Feb 11:  Crisis: Trump's Impeachment, What To Do, USA Police State, Orwell vs. Huxley : This file is a crisis log with 4 files and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fairly interesting article about the support for Trump and the chances of Trump's impeachment: I think it is too early (for impeachment) but it is interesting; item 2 is about an article about the two first books about Trump that have been published, and while these books do not seem interesting, these are the first of considerably more to follow; item 3 is about three reasons why the USA may be transformed into a police state by Trump (and I disagree with one reason); and item 4 is about a book by Postman from 1985 who then believed that Huxley in 1932 saw sharper than Orwell in 1949: I read all three in or before the 1980ies, and think Postman was incorrect (and besides there is more interesting fact-based information about 2017 in 2017 than was available to novelists in the 1930ies and 1940ies, though I also agree both novelists
    are interesting and worth reading).

  • Feb 10:  Over Geestelijke Gezondheid En Gestoordheid - IV: I should start this English Nederlog by saying that I also published a large - over 175 Kb - Dutch Nederlog today that is in fact the last and fourth part of three earlier Dutch files that were published in 2013 and 2014. All four files were written around thirty years ago, in 1986 and 1987, and state my own - non-standard, trauma model - of psychiatry that I used to help my schizophrenic girlfried, who did make a Ph.D. in psychology in the end, but left me after 6 years because I could not be of further service to her. [1]

    There is an English introduction to the Dutch file in which I explain that I will try to publish all four files as one file and in a somewhat updated format, but that hasn't happened yet. And as I just said, the text of the files are all in Dutch and they are published now because I - still - think they are sensible, although they are 30 years old.

    Crisis: Democratic Failures, Advertising, Trump & Truth, Ban Illegal, The Trump Era : This file is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a Glenn Greenwald article about the failures of the Democrats; item 2 is about a - quite possibly quite intentional - abuse by Kellyanne Conway of the laws that forbid her to do any advertising; item 3 is about "fake news" but makes the mistake of not saying clearly enough that "fake news" and "alternative facts" are both plain lies; item 4 is about the fact that the appeals court sided with a lower court and was unanimously against Trump's ban; and item 5 is about an article by Tom Engelhardt that is correct about Trump (we have only seen three weeks of Trump's presidency) but that I found a bit misleading in not mentioning the media plus the dumbness of many of the American voters as important factors in Trump's rise.

  • Feb 9:  Crisis: Catharsis (?!); ACLU; Deregulations; Democracy And Ethics; Neoliberal Capitalism As Myth : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a myth than many "leftists" and leftists embrace now: That Trump's presidency will start the rise of the left (and I agree with Lofgren: no, not necessarily so at all); item 2 is about  a court case of the ACLU against Trump's bullshit that the courts must follow the president; item 3 is about another suit against Trump's - utterly crazy deregulating - rule that every new law should be accompanied by two deregulated old laws; item 4 is about the relation between democracy and ethics and points out that Trump's lies are no basis for a real democracy; and item 5 is about the myths of "neoliberal capitalism", and is quite good.

  • Feb 8:  Crisis: Trump's Foreign Policy, Resisting Trump, Corporate State, Democracy, Dark Money : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interview with a Harvard professor who says that Trump already has blown it on foreign policy; item 2 is about an article by Robert Reich that explains that the judiciary, the press and the states are "the last bastions of resistance" against Trump; item 3 is about an article by Steven Rosenfeld who argues - correctly, in my view - that Trump is building a corporate state (for the multi-national corporations); item 4 is about an article in Spiegel by the its chief-editor, that this time is good; and item 5 is about an article by George Monbiot, that is again about Trump's building a corporate state for the rich.

  • Feb 7:  Crisis: Trump's Unknown Terrorist Attacks; Trump, Stalin and Science, Trump and Bannon : This is a crisis log with 3 files and 3 dotted links: Item 1 is about a thoroughly crazy idea of Trump: The media - everywhere, any - are not reporting
    terrorist attacks (like 9/11!) although (according to Trump) they are "rampant across Europe"; item 2 is about Trump's anti-science stances; and item 3 is about Spiegel, that identified Trump as an autocrat (I more or less agree, but found the article again pretty weak). O, in case you say that three articles isn't much: I agree but I simply couldn't find more today that I wish to review [1] (and meanwhile wrote at least 1484 articles on the crisis).


  • Feb 6:  Crisis: On The USA, Trump Dictator, USA & Propaganda, Sanders On Trump, Europe In Spiegel : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges about Trump's ends and also about the chances of the opposition; item 2 is about whether Trump is aiming at becoming a dictator; item 3 is about how the US believes in impossible things (and gives me an occasion to repeat my definition of "propaganda"); item 4 is about Bernie Sanders who called Trump "a fraud", quite correctly (in my view); and item 5 is about an article in Spiegel that warns against Trump as "a dangerous president" - which he is, although I disbelieve that the editor of Spiegel feels "pain" writing that Trump is a pathological liar: if he has done anything the last year, he knows Trump is (because of the statements that Trump made that were checked, 70% was false, all year round).

  • Feb 5:  Crisis: FBI's Control, Populism, Warren, National Security, Frances On Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the FBI, that us compiling watchlists on extremely many Americans (in secret); item 2 is about an - I think - far too optimistic article about the Democratic Party and populism; item 3 is about Elizabeth Warren, who also does not honestly face the Democratic Party's corruption since Bill Clinton; item 4 is about a not very good article about Trump (I agree mostly with the writer's values, but these are personal); and item 5 is a fairly mad article that seeks to prove that Trump is not insane, but that is - as stated in this article - bullshit.

  • Feb 4:  Crisis: Trump & Wall Street, Power Elite, "Sociopathy", Militarized USA, Carlin On Bullshit : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a fine article - except for 10 Tweets, which I decided to wholly skip because I am not an idiot who communicates at a maximum of 140 characters - about a vast increase in the probability of another crisis; item 2 is an interesting article about "the Washington Power Elite" (although it is vague about who they are); item 3 is about another attempt to diagnose Trump with the DSM, which this time is mostly rejected by this psychologist; item 4 is about a decent article about a vastly militarized America (that - therefore - probably will go to war); and item 5 is a bit by George Carlin, because I like him a lot, and the present bit, on bullshit, seems to be almost wholly literally true (and the bullshit is produced and spread by everyone, including "the people").
     
  • Feb 3:  Crisis: Nazis & Trump, Resistance, The "Democrats", What End, Coup d'Etat : This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a remarkable parallel between Trump's anti-Muslim policies and the Nazis anti-Jewish policies; item 2 is about what is in fact the common them of this and the next three reviews: What to do about Trump?; item 3 gives some interesting and disappointing facts about the "Democrats" (they have no backbone when this is unstrenghtened by liberal financial donations, or so it seems); item 4 asks a very good question, namely what the anti-Trumpians are for (and I know what I am for, but far fewer of America's leftists and "leftists" have clear and informed ideas about politics - it seems to me); and item 5 is about an article by Ralph Nader that is good (and not optimistic).
     
  • Feb 2:  Crisis: Trump's USA, On Reality, Bannon, Reuters, Creepy Trump, Philosophers : This is a crisis log with 6 files and 7 dotted links: Item 1 is about a very fine video by Chris Hedges who interviews Allan Nairn; item 2 is about an interesting article by Sarah Jaffe, except that she uses terms to describe the media ("objective press" is one of them) I haven't seen in the media in 30 years or so; item 3 is about an article and interview by Amy Goodman on Stephen Bannon; item 4 is about an interesting small article by the chief editor of Reuters on how to cover Trump and his government; item 5 is about a very fine article by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship; and item 6 is an article about "public intellectuals", though it is in fact mostly about British philosophers, and I don't quite agree with it (and this last item also is not a crisis item).

  • Feb 1:  Explanations of the renewal of my site : This is an explanation of why I have today changed my sites because it has turned out that since the end of 2015:

    • I do not get any (decent, credible) information anymore about either of my sites (one in Denmark, one in Holland, both copies of each other) in spite of the fact that both sites are over 500 MB and are present resp. 20 and 12 years, and
    • both sites, quite unpredictably, (i) do not properly upload anymore, which makes it impossible or very difficult for naive users to find my most recent Nederlogs (and getting there may require very many reloads, which almost nobody will even try);
    • I think the reason for this maltreatment is my criticism of spying by means of any computer connected to the internet, including cellphones, indeed because
    • doing the normal thing - uploading my site properly - worked quite OK from resp. from 1996 till the end of 2015 in Holland, and from 2004 till the end of 2015 in Denmark, and should be extremely easy for any decent provider,
    • but it does not happen, and indeed happened more often not good (and in such a way that hardly anybody can find anything but the index - that may be a long time behind (for it is uploaded every day, and is dated always on the last upload, which is almost always today's date)
and I am sick of it. This is an experiment, and we shall see what happens.

There is also this file today:
Crisis: Secret Docs, Trump's Government, Trump Above Law *2, Rightwing Power Grab: This is a crisis log with 5 files and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a very interesting collections of secret documents about the FBI; item 2 is about how Trump may have split the government into warring factions; item 3 is about what two Watergate veterans think about Trump: Just like Nixon he thinks he is above the law; item 4 continues the previous item; and item 5 is about the right-wing power grab that is happening inside the USA's present government. 
JANUARY
  • Jan 31: Crisis: The crisis index for 2017 : This is a crisis log file that gives the index of the crisis files for 2017. The one for 2016 is under the last link (and there are more there). Basically, this is a way of keeping a survey of the crisis files, which is necessary, because I wrote over 1450 of them since September 1, 2008. (And I think they are quite good, and am meanwhile pretty certain there is nothing else like it.)

    Next, there is also this:
    Crisis: Goldman Sachs Effect, Trump & Bannon, Statisticians, Trump's Ban : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about a fine article by Nomi Prins on the mega-thieves and mega-frauds of Goldman Sachs; item 2 is an article by Robert Reich on Trump and Bannon; item 3 is a quite interesting article on statisticians' fears that the Trumpian government will manipulate the figures it puts out ("alternative figures"?) to fit its own narratives; and item 4 is about the last Trumpian effort: denying refugees and muslims from seven countries entry into the USA.

  • Jan 30: Crisis: Psychosis, Silicon Valley, Trump's Removals + Trials, A Lie = ..., Hannah Arendt : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about an article that explains Silicon Valley does not protest against Trump; item 3 is about Trump's getting rid of the National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff; item 4 is about Trump's court cases: 1 in every 2.5 days for about 25 years; item 5 is about when to call something a lie; and item 6 is about Hannah Arendt, with whom I do not quite agree.

  • Jan 29: Crisis: On Orwell, The Media, Trump's Demolitions, Fascism, On My Sites : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is an odd piece about "1984", which I didn't like; item 2 is about a decent article about Trump's backing of Bannon's war with the press; item 3 is about a good article by Bill Moyers about Trump's demolitions; item 4 is about a good article by Peter Wout about fascism in the USA; and item 5 has no link and is about my - considerable and persistent - problems with both of my sites in 2016, with a possible solution (that I don't like but probably will soon be forced to).  

  • Jan 28: Crisis: On The Media, Torturing People, Chomsky, Gorbachev On War, On Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an interview by Amy Goodman about Steve Bannon (who thinks that "[t]he media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country. They still do not understand why Donald Trump is the president of the United States."); item 2 is about Trump's explicit personal support for torturing people, which is a crime against humanity; item 3 is about a good interview with Noam Chomsky; item 4 is about a good article on Gorbachev (who warns - correctly in my view - for war); while item 5 is about an article by Robert Paul Wolff about Trump, that I found so-so (and much less clear than the list of points I quote from the DSM 5 about the narcissistic personality disorder, which I think Trump evidently has).

  • Jan 27: Crisis: Stopping Trump, TPP, Military Cesspool, Trump's Lies, War on Facts : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the - presently academic - question how Trump could be made to stop as president; item 2 is about Trump's stopping the TTP (and is interesting); item 3 is about how the USA very much militarized after the fall of the Soviet Union; item 4 is about Trump's extra- ordinary many lies (and was disappointing to me); and item 5 is about the war on facts from a scientist, who does not have the evidence I have and who doesn't seem to know that most academics are academics because of their salaries and not because of their deep care for science or truth.

  • Jan 26: Crisis: CIA Tortures, More Oil, Trump Imperialist, Corporate Media, TPP, On Russia : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about Trump's signature under much more tortures in or by the USA; item 2 is about Trump's complete disregard of all laws that contradict his desires, and he wants more oil and more pipelines; item 3 is about what Trump really is: An aggressive imperialist who is building up the military to use it (and if this becomes nuclear we are all dead); item 4 is about a quite good but very depressing article by Thom Hartmann on the corporate media, the USA, and the horrible Lewis F. Powell Jr.; item 5 is about a little dance on the TPP's grave, which I like (but there still are the equally bad or worse TTIP and TISA); and item 6 is about a good video with Chris Hedges, Abby Martin and Ben Norton about Russia and the - utterly false but widely credited - report by the secret services that blames Russia without giving ANY evidence.

  • Jan 25: Crisis: Trump's Capitalism, "Alternative Facts", Felony Charges, On Obama, Media Blackouts : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a non-good article by Naomi Klein on Trump; item 2 is a good interview by Amy Goodman about Trump's Orwellian war with the media; item 3 is a more or less correct article on the felony charges - up to 10 years imprisonment + $25,000 fine - slapped on journalists who tried to report the facts; item 4 is about a good article by Robert Parry on Obama; and item 5 is by Lauren McCauley about Trump's media blackout of quite a few federal agencies (who have said things Trump doesn't want to see published).

  • Jan 24: Crisis: US Intelligence, TPP Dead, Protest Forbidden, Oil & Gas, Trident Failure Hidden : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the U.S.'s intelligence freaks, who are preparing the take-over of the USA by the secret services, the government, and the very rich; item 2 is about the TPP, that has been killed by Trump (which is something I enjoy); item 3 is about an extremely dangerous development in the current USA: the shutting down of all public protest, by prosecuting it with 10 years of imprisonment ("Thou Shalt Love Trump Or Be Imprisoned"); item 4 is about Tillerson's appointment; and item 5 is about the unelected government of Great Britain, that withheld all information about its failing nuclear arms from parliament (that legally speaking is supposed to control it), before deciding itself to renew its nuclear program.

  • Jan 23: Crisis: On Revolt, Fascist Trump, Emperor Trump, Compulsive Trump, Dangerous Trump : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a good article by Chris Hedges; item 2 is about a somewhat good article by DeVega; item 3 is a disappointing article about Trump as a Roman emperor; item 4 likewise is a quite disappointing article about diagnosing Trump (with a diagnosis that seems unique to the diagnoser, who also hardly defines it); and item 5 is a somewhat good article by Peter Dreier.

  • Jan 22: Crisis: On Trump, The Inauguration, The Press, American Carnage, Trump & Media : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Jon Schwarz on Trump (I mostly but not fully agree); item 2 is about a long report by Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh on the inauguration; item 3 is about the very worrying possibility that Trump may attempt to forbid or destroy what remains of the real free press in the USA; item 4 is about an article by William Rivers Pitt; and item 5 is about an article by Glenn Murray.

  • Jan 21: Crisis: Welcome to the NUSA! : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is a decent article by Dan Froomkin on The Intercept; item 2 is about a brief article by Deidre Fulton; item 3 is a so-so article by Spiegel International; item 4 is about Trump's promises and Trump's practices (but includes a photograph of a protester who can't spell); item 5 is about a good article by Peter Dreier, who diagnoses Trump mostly as I do (but who doesn't know my definitions of fascism and neofascism); and item 6 is a non-crisis item about physics, though in fact this also gets a crisis interpretation by me (for I know that both science and the universities have been collapsing since the late 1970ies).

  • Jan 20: Crisis: On Obama, Trumpian "Laws", Trumpian Appointments, NYT's lies, Journalism :This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about a Democracy Now! article, mostly about Obama, that is sensible; item 2 is about the new laws that the Republicans are introducing, which means you may get killed by the police, or be put in jail for walking on the street; item 3 is about the fact that Trump at present only appointed 4% of the people he should appoint; item 4 is about a good article about how The New York Times lies a lot; and item 5 is a somewhat exaggerated bit about journalism: I agree more than not, but find quite a few bits I don't agree with.

  • Jan 19: Crisis: Snowden, Manning *2, Trump vs. CIA, Trump Not Sane (Spiegel) : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Edward Snowden, who has been allowed to stay in Russia through 2020 (which is very good, I think); item 2 is about Jeremy Scahill on the previous decision and on the release of Manning in 2017 (which I welcome, although I am still a bit amazed); item 3 is about how important Obama's decision is for Manning's life; item 4 is about an article about Trump's fight with the CIA; and item 5 is about an article in Spiegel International that basically agrees with me (and many other psychologists and psychiatrists) that Trump is not sane.

    And there is also this file today:
    Crisis: About the crisis: A VERY fine long interview with Chris Hedges (from 2013) : This is a crisis log with just one item, that consists of seven videos comprising a long interview with Chris Hedges on The Real News that I warmly recommend.
  • Jan 18: Crisis: Manning Released, Taibbi On Trump, Pilger On Us, VIPS, Obama & Clinton  : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about the - to me rather amazing, and I admit I was mistaken about this - news that Obama released Manning; item 2 is about a good interview with Matt Taibbi; item 3 is about an article by John Pilger who - correctly in my view - blames the voters for Trump's presidency rather thatn Trump; item 4 is about a - repeated - claim by (this time) no less than 23 former intelligence officials (for the most part) who insist - correctly, I think - that there is, as yet, no evidence whatsoever for the specific claims about Russian hacking that are supposed to have given Trump the presidency; and item 5 is about Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and shows neither was a progressive and both helped the rich very much.

  • Jan 17: Crisis: Jeremy Corbyn, Trump & Russia, Trump & Intelligence, Stasi's Powers : This is a crisis log with 4 items and 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on completely insane accusations of Jeremy Corbyn; item 2 is - in fact - about Trump's utter irresponsibility; item 3 is by a former British member of the secret services about Trump vs. the US secret services (and much as I dislike the latter, I dislike Trump more); while item 4 is about the Stasi (East Germany's secret service), with a comparison of the - enormous - powers of the Stasis and the powers of the NSA: These are millions or billions times greater, and extend over absolutely everyone with a computer or cellphone.
     
  • Jan 16: Crisis: Revolting, Anti Dissent, Neuter Press Freedom, Davos Man, Modern Art : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Chris Hedges on revolting; item 2 is about an article on AlterNet that - correctly, I think - says that Trump wants to silence all dissent; item 3 is about the further Trumpian plan of silencing all alternative media; item 4 is about the lies of the rich; and item 5 is not a crisis item but about Modern Art (that I happen to dislike a lot, ever since I was 11).

  • Jan 15: Crisis: Attacking Trump, Obama's Qualities, Right Wing, Goldman Sachs, Hedges' Videos : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is about one schema that seems directed towards taking Trump down as president of the USA, and it one that seems to be played by the USA's (very secretive) intelligence services; item 2 is about the qualities of Obama, which are negative: He is an insincere liar (which he does very well, with lots of charm) who speaks as if he is a "leftie" and acts and signs and regulates as if he is pro rich; item 3 is about that it can happen here (in the USA): nominating a right-wing nationalist regime; item 4 is about the real winners of the elections of 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 (at least): Goldman Sachs; and item
    5
    is not about written text but about two fine videos with Chris Hedges.

  • Jan 14: Crisis: NSA's Liberties, Trump, Era Of Bullshit, Healthcare, Trump & Secret Laws : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 is - once again - about Obama's giving vastly more permissions to spy in secret on anyone to the Trump government; item 2 is on a not so good article about Trump; item 3 is about advice of a Russian journalist about what is to be expected from Trump; item 4 is about taking healthcare from 20 to 30 million = giving each of the 400 richest people $7 million: A PERFECT Trumpian plan; and item 5 is about the dangers of secret laws, and quite correct.
     
  • Jan 13: Crisis: N.S.A., Trump's Businesses, Journalism, "News Conference", Economics : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about yet another large bit of information and freedom that was given to the supermen of the secret services (and to no one else) by Obama: nearly all data secretly stolen from every American (and all data stolen form every non-American) are now fully readable by all seventeen American secret services; item 2 is about Trump's refusal to give up his businesses as president of the USA; item 3 is about journalism under Trump's presidency; item 4 is about an article by Reich on Trump's "news conference": it was no such thing; and item 5 is about an article by an economist who argues (as I do) that economy is not a real science (though it contains bits that make sense): I agree.

  • Jan 12: Crisis: Lofgren, Greenwald, The Trump Brand, Press Conference, "Democracy" : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Mike Lofgren I like; item 2 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald I like; item 3 is about the fact that Trump does not give up his brand while being president of the USA; item 4 is about Trump's - fairly ridiculous - press conference; and item 5 is about how the media profit a lot from the big money that the Supreme Court allowed to enter politics.
     
  • Jan 11: Crisis: False Claims, Trump & Russia, Wall Street, Trump's Cabinet, Trump Psychologized : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald about (very many) false claims mainstream media publish as if it were truths; item 2 is about Trump's apparently quite strong connections to the Russian mafia: it seems he was saved by them and may be "owned" by them; item 3 is about Wall Street winning anyway because both presidential candidates are pro Wall Street, and about a coming enormous economic crisis; item 4 is about Trump's cabinet, which is an extremist corporate class of billionaires that promises major miseries for the many and more riches for the few; and item 5 is about a psychologist's "unified theory" about Trump, which this psychologist does not agree with, simply because I think Trump is an evident megalomaniac, whereas the writer thinks he is a sadist, and there are far more psychologists and psychiatrists who think the former, and few who think the latter.
     
  • Jan 10: Crisis: USA Declining, Streep, No Vetting, Fisk On Lies, Davies On Mainstream Media : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is an article about how the USA is declining to a banana republic as Trump nominates his family to important government posts; item 2 is about Meryl Streep's speech and Trump's (predictable and indeed predicted) response (and Streep is too optimistic about "the press"); item 3 is about the major lacks in vetting Trump's candidates (which - I take it - Trump does not consider necessary: he doesn't care if his ministers are corrupt); item 4 is about an article about "post-truth" and the lies of the mainstream media; and item 5 is likewise concerned, and is also about the "social media".

  • Jan 9: Crisis: Fear, "Russian Hacking", Trump's Tweets, Billionaires, American Crisis : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Chris Hedges weekly column on Truthdig. This time it is about Solzhenitsyn and Niebuhr. I mostly agree, but not quite (in part because my father and grandfather were special, and not normal). Item 2 is also by Chris Hedges, and gives his ideas about the real purpose of the continued insistence that "the Russians hacked the American elections" (and again I mostly agree); item 3 is about an article by Robert Reich that is partially mistaken (in my opinion); item 4 is about the many very rich billionaires Trump nominated to his cabinet and is quite good; and item 5 is about an article that may be better in intentions than in fact (for I think it is a bit exaggerated).

  • Jan 8: Crisis: NSA's Hacking, Election-Rigging, Impeach Trump, Media's Failures, Gitlin : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 is a review of an article by Juan Cole, with some radical conclusions of my own; item 2 is about how quite definite and interesting news about the American elections are ignored; item 3 is about impeaching Trump (I agree in principle: the sooner we're rid of that nut the better for everyone); item 4 is about the media, and not bad, but the writer doesn't seem to see that the American media are corrupt for quite a while; and item 5 is about Todd Gitlin, who is going to investigate "the media", but who (also) seems not well-informed that they have been quite corrupt for quite a while already.

    And I removed very many automatically generated references to Zim in my Nederlog files for 2013 (in fact in 126 files). There are some more in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but happily I have already removed most of them: This will happen the next few days (and I will very probably give up Zim).

  • Jan 7: Crisis: Glenn Greenwald *2, "Russian Hacking", Trump's Voters, New World Order : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 dotted links: Item 1 and item 2 are (again) reviews of interviews with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!; item 3 is a reiteration of Binney"s and McGovern's (very expert) opinions that the asserted Russian hacking that is supposed to have given the elections to Trump did not happen (for lack of NSA evidence that would have been there had it really happened); item 4 is about an article by DeVega which I found disappointing; and item 5 is a brief review of a fairly long interview with Noam Chomsky.

  • Jan 6: Crisis: Greenwald *2, Obama, Trump & Wall Street, Secret Armies, Political Correctness : This is a crisis log with 6 items and 6 dotted links: Item 1 and item 2 are about two interviews with Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!; item 3 is about an article by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan who agree with Chomsky that Obama should pardon 11 million immigrants that Trump seeks to evict (I agree with Chomsky etc. but I don't think Obama will do it); item 4 is about Trump's many threatening legal difficulties due to his riches and also about the fact that he seems to keep (directly or indirectly) commanding his business empire while president of the USA; item 5 is about a long article that is only very partially extracted about the enormous secret armies that the president of the USA commands, and that are busy in 138 (!!) countries; and item 6 is about an article about political correctness in Spiegel International, that is around 40 years late by my own standards (for I met political correctness in 1977, in the University of Amsterdam, where it still is dominant).

    Also I uploaded a bit corrected indexes for Nederlog in all the years (2004-2017) but the changes are small.
      
  • Jan 5: Crisis: Washington Post, Trump & Wall Street *2, Electoral College, Angela Merkel : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is about an article by Glenn Greenwald on the Washington Post and its "fake news" about "fake news"; item 2 is about how Trump put together a cabinet that is very partial to the - corrupt, dishonest, extremely rich - Wall Street bankers; item 3 is about irregulaties at the Electoral College (that I expect, like many others of Trump's irregularities, will not stop him from becoming president); item 4 is about a supposed blind spot of Trump for Wall Street (I think not: I think he knows what he is doing); and item 5 is about a Spiegel article about Merkel's reactions to Trump.

    Incidentally:
    The services of both my sites are still not updated properly: This morning it was again Jan 3, 2017 on xs4all.nl and December 31, 2015 on one.com: Perhaps you should avoid them if you want good providers (but I do not know of any that is good anywhere).
     
     
  • Jan 4: Crisis: The Real USA, A Lie, Scandal-Ridden, Obama Neoliberal, 2017 Worse : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is an interesting article by Tom Engelhardt (I don't quite agree but it is good); item 2 is about Dan Rather insisting - completely correctly - that Wall Street Journal's editor Gerard Baker was lying (when he said he was "objective" in not wanting to say Trump is a liar); item 3 is about an article on Trump's corruptions and nepotisms; item 4 is a fine article on Barack Obama (whom I like as little as the writer of the article); and item 5 is about a fine although far from optimistic article about 2017, that promises to be a lot worse than 2016 was, what with the Trumpian presidency.

  • Jan 3: My two sites were finally updated, some 36 hours after I uploaded them. It is a relief (but I don't think this is the end of problems, though this was a serious one: I do want a working site that is actual).

    Next, I also uploaded my own definitions of fascism and neofascism to my Philosophical Dictionary. I think these definitions are bettter than any others that I have read (and I know a whole lot about politics, history,
    fascism and logic) and I will refer to these, though I should add that the definition of "neofascism" soon shall be extended to include its present main sign: The state's terrorists who now know everything about anyone, and who operate almost completely in secret.

    Here is today's Nederlog:
    Crisis: Noam Chomsky, Wall Street Editor, Washington Post, Tyranny, Neofascism : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is about an interview or a speech that Chomsky gave on December 5 (especially about environmental catastrophe and nuclear war); item 2 is about the strange contortions of the editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, who does not seem to believe in the concept of lying if the liar is his president; item 3 is about the Washington Post and its fake news; item 4 is about 15 signs of tyranny that Robert Reich sees in Donald Trump; and item 5 is about how the neofascist Trump (I agree!) is being normalized (which is mostly inevitable, I think, at least until he is impeached).

  • Jan 2: Crisis: Crisis: Trump Thief, Expectations, On Economy, US Totalitarianism, Mark Blyth : This is a crisis log with 5 items and 5 links: Item 1 is on Donald Trump by Chris Hedges, and is a fine if not optimistc article (I agree); item 2 is also from Truthdig, and by seven authors, but I quote just one, and mostly agree (and no, it is far from optmistic); item 3 is about economists vs. the economy, and is also realistic and fair (and most "economists" are not economists but well-paid propagandists); item 4 is about the ever increasing totalitarian climate in the USA: Now the government has designed its own propaganda-team that is going to take down anybody who disagrees with the government (or so it seems); and item 5 is a fine video interview with one of the few economists who talk sense (and who predicted both Brexit and Trump).

    Also, since yesterday both of my sites refuse to refresh: According to the Dutch site it is still December 31, 2016 and according to the Danish one it is December 31, 2015 or alternatively December 21 2013.

    I am very sorry, but none of this is my work: I am doing as I have been doing for resp. 20 and 13 years now, in which this elementary updating went well...

    So now I am denied all statistics for any of my two sites (each of which has tenthousands of files and is around 500 MB) and both of my sites refuse to update...

    And I am telling you now, before I explode.


  • Jan 1: Nederlog 2017: Updates for the new year : The record of changes with a little about ten years of Nederlog and about planned updates (none in 2017: Not healthy enough). I prepared The  analytical index of Nederlog for 2016 and provide the link in case you want to search by subjects. There is no list of subjects, but you can search. Also the above file is the first of two: The second is here. Note that I am now denied all statistics from both of my sites. I am sorry: It is none of my doing.
     

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