Friday, June 30, 2017

Crisis: Huben-links, Trump's Lies, "Russia-gate", "Health Care", Mika Tweets - Quote+Health

Sections                                                                     crisis index

1. Summary
2. Crisis Files
3. Quotation
4. My health

This is a Nederlog of Friday, June 30, 2017.

1. Summary

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.

Since I am still looking at 35 sites every morning what I will do is to list the items I selected as worth reading, but without any of my comments. Today I selected eight 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.

2. Crisis Files

I have been writing on the crisis since September 1, 2008 (Dutch) and with considerably more attention since June 10, 2013 (English).

If you check out the
crisis index you will find that I wrote in over eight years nearly 1600 files, that nearly all consisted of a reference to one or more articles that were partially quoted and mostly commented.

I will continue with that, simply because I think the crisis is a very important social, political and economical event, but meanwhile I have turned 67 and need a little rest,
so what I'll be doing the coming weeks (at least), is selecting 3 to 6 files from the 35
sites I consult every morning to see what's happening in the world of politics and econonomics, and present them, but now without my comments.

Here is today's selection (which is longer than normal, for a reason that follows):
1. Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed
     Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them

2. The God That Sucked
3. The Most Important Economic Chart
4. Scourge of the Libertarians: Interview with Mike Huben
5. Bill Moyers: All of Donald Trump's Lies
6. NYT Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard
7. No, the Republican Health Care Bill Isn't Dead—and It Amounts
     to a Crime Against Humanity
Trump’s Mika tweets were gruesome (..) [1]
These are all well worth reading.

Also, this time there are 8 items. The reason is Mike Huben's site that I wrote about yesterday. He has been criticizing "libertarianism" for a long time now - several decades - and he has a large site with a lot of material.

I like the site and I like the material, so the first four selections are from Huben's site, and they are set apart because they are not recent.

That is also the only reason I set them apart, and there will be more selections from his site later.

3. Quotation

Here is one quotation from Chauncey de Vega's "No, the Republican Health Care Bill Isn't Dead—and It Amounts to a Crime Against Humanity":

This legislation will take money from the poor, the working class, children and the elderly and give it to the very richest Americans so that they can fatten their already overflowing bank accounts even more.

This bill will force millions of Americans into bankruptcy and destitution.

This bill will force hospitals, health clinics and nursing homes to close from lack of funds.

This bill will dramatically increase human misery. It will literally cause pain and suffering for millions of Americans.

As I have previously argued, the Republican Party’s ultimate goal is to rid our society of the “useless eaters.” These “reforms” serve to illustrate the fact that today’s Republican Party is essentially sociopathic
and terrorizes the American people.

In total, the Republican Party’s “health care” bill could more correctly labeled as a “death care” bill. To claim it has anything to do with ensuring Americans’ health is an act of Orwellian Newspeak that would make Joseph Goebbels proud. The American Medical Association has even gone so far as to declare that the Senate Republican version of the bill violates a basic principle of the healing profession: Medicine has long operated under the precept of “Primum non nocere,” or “First, do no harm.”

I agree with everything said, except for the term "sociopathic": I am a psychologist and I think "sociopathy" is (mostly) the - rather sick, rather totalitarian - notion that you are psychiatrically not sane (a sociopath: it is in the DSM) because you have different norms than the majority of society. (This is the same reasoning that led to locking up dissidents (<- Wikipedia) [2] as insane in the Soviet Union.)

Here is a bit from Wikipedia's psychopathy (minus a note number):
Robert Hare stated in the popular science book entitled Snakes in Suits sociopathy and psychopathy are often used interchangeably, but in some cases the term sociopathy is preferred because it is less likely than is psychopathy to be confused with psychosis, whereas in other cases the two terms may be used with different meanings that reflect the user's views on the origins and determinants of the disorder. Hare contended that the term sociopathy is preferred by those that see the causes as due to social factors and early environment, and the term psychopathy preferred by those who believe that there are psychological, biological, and genetic factors involved in addition to environmental factors. Hare also provides his own definitions: he describes psychopathy as not having a sense of empathy or morality, but sociopathy as only differing in sense of right and wrong from the average person.
I agree with Robert Hare.

4. My health

My health is not good at present: I don't sleep enough (5 to 6 hours a day, with a sleeping pill) and I sweat too much at night, for the bed is wet every time I wake up.

The reason is ME/CFS, for this is also how it started, nearly 40 years ago. (I suppose - as a psychologist - that I am still insane according to 90-95% of all Dutch medical doctors. If you have a disease that the doctor does not know about then, of course - according to Dutch medical wisdom - you are not sane, for Dutch medical doctors know
everything there is to know about the body and the mind, according to 90-95% of Dutch doctors. And if not, they cannot possibly pronounce "I don't know". [3])

I don't know why my present ill health started, although apart from these two complaints I am fairly well and happily I am also not sweating when I am up (unless I do too much).

It will probably get better (it is a bit better than it was), but that is the present situation: I am not well at all.

[1] I abbreviated this title because it takes three lines in the format I use, and that is too long. (I also tend not to mention or review any journalism that contains 3 or more Tweets: I am sorry, but in my opinion it is utterly moronic to "communicate" with a tool that permits you to use 140 characters maximally).

[2] The Wikipedia lemma on dissidents - a term that exists since the 16th century - opens as follows:

A dissident, broadly defined, is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution. When dissidents unite for a common cause they often affect a dissident movement.

The word has been used since 16th century in the context of religion. The noun was first used in the political sense in 1940, with the rise of such totalitarian systems as the Soviet Union.
Clearly, every dissident in the Soviet Union was "a sociopath". The same lemma also says:
The term "dissident" has been applied to people in the United States to denote people who have exposed US government secrets, as in the example of Chelsea Manning who revealed the videos of Baghdad airstrikes and other information to the world through Wikileaks, or Edward Snowden who exposed the US government spying on the internet activity of people and government officials of other countries, including allied countries, as well as its own citizens, such as in the case of the PRISM and XKeyScore programs.
[3] My ex (who also has ME/CFS since nearly 40 years, and who also is a psychologist) and I have seen (in the early 1980ies) over 30 Dutch doctors, mostly so called "medical specialists". None of them had ever heard about M.E., although dr. Allan Ramsay had described this quite clearly in 1965. Then again, most of them "knew" we were not sane (we were and probably still are "psychosomatizers" - and see my Nederlog about dr Davis, who is one of the world's leading biochemists, who has a son with serious ME/CFS: His research will very probably make a difference, but then I am 67 and I am ill for nearly 40 years, except - of course! - according to 90-95% of Dutch medical doctors: my ex and I are not sane, for they can't even say "I don't know").

I am sorry, but I lost my faith in intellectual and moral incompetents like that. And as I said, between 90 and 95% of the over 30 "medical specialists" were like that (and they were both better educated and probably on average more intelligent than the "doctors" who have been educated since 1980).

       home - index - summaries - mail