November 28, 2017
3. 75 years ago
This is a Nederlog of Tuesday, November 28,
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 will
continue with it.
moment and since nearly two years (!!!!) I have
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
2. Crisis Files
are five crisis files that are all well worth reading:
Selections from November 28, 2017
New Recognition for Chronic Fatigue
2. The Duty to Disobey a Nuclear Launch Order
3. Chomsky: Is Socialism on the Rise in America?
4. The Kochs Just Scored a Major Media Coup
5. There’s a Strategic and Deadly Attack Aimed at the US
But It’s Not the Russians
items 1 - 5 are today's selections from the 35 sites that I look at
every morning. The indented text under each link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
1. New Recognition for Chronic Fatigue
This article is by Jane E. Brody on The New York Times.
In fact, this is not a crisis article, but M.E. as I strongly prefer to
call ¨Chronic Fatigue¨ is a disease that struck me - within
slightly more than a month - 39 years ago, on January 1, 1979.
And on January 10, 1979 it also struck my ex, who also is still
Having M.E. has been since then (by far) the main influence on my
life, for my life would have run completely different if I
had not fallen ill with M.E. (and the same holds for my ex):
I did get an M.A. in psychology with a straight A; I did get a B.A. in
philosophy with a straight A; and my M.A. in philosophy was illegally
denied me in 1988 because
I criticized my ¨teachers¨ of ¨philosophy¨.
Also, I am still ¨officially insane¨ - ¨psychosomatic¨ - all
years, in which I did get two of the best degrees while I was
continuously in pain with extremely little energy.
It is especially for this reason that I have concluded that 90%
Dutch medical doctors are liars and frauds who are much more
interested in their own excellent incomes than in patients
their diseases: Was
it otherwise I would not have seen 30 ¨medical specialists" of
said ¨it is psychosomatic¨ - which is to say, effectively:
insist that you are insane, which also means that
we will do fuck all for a madman like you, because you insist
that there are diseases that we medical geniuses do not know.
This is utter crap: Modern medicine
knows everything there
is to know about medics, in all its aspects, and the same holds
for each and every medically qualified person. Go fuck
be much better of dead!¨
It is called blaming
victim. In people without medical degrees this is very
evidence for sadism.
And I - with whom nothing is psychologically wrong: I am
psychologist - have been consistently treated like that by
27 out of 30 Dutch ¨medical specialists¨, none of whom did
even know M.E. existed (between 1979 and 1984) although it
been perfectly clearly been described by an English medical man in 1965.
Again, I did not find out most of the above three paragraphs
2000 or later, for the simple reason that I could not find
information about M.E. without internet.
Now to the article. It starts as follows - and Jane Brody is a
journalist who specializes in health matters since 1976. I do not
whether she studied medicine (or anything):
endured more than a month of post-concussion fatigue, I can’t imagine
how people with so-called chronic fatigue syndrome navigate through
life with disabling fatigue that seemingly knows no end. Especially
those who are erroneously told things like “It’s all in your head,”
“Maybe you should see a psychiatrist,” or “You’d have a lot more energy
if only you’d get more exercise.”
After years of
treating the syndrome as a psychological disorder, leading health
organizations now recognize that it is a serious, long-term illness
possibly caused by a disruption in how the immune system responds to
infection or stress. It shares many characteristics with autoimmune
diseases like rheumatoid arthritis but without apparent signs of tissue
Ahem. The ¨so-called chronic fatigue syndrome¨ was so called by psychiatrists precisely because
it was a trivializing name for
something hardly any psychiatrist believed in. There are many
names for the disease, but it seems that the the term ¨M.E.¨ which was
introduced in the 1960ies by medical people who believed in the
disease, is still the best, indeed in part because it
- if expanded as ¨Myalgic Encephalomyelitis¨ - the muscle agues
I have had now for almost 39 years, continuously.
although it is technically correct to speak of ¨years of treating the syndrome as a
psychological disorder¨ (as
a psychologist I can assure you that M.E. never was part of
and correctly so) in my case it are almost four decades.
if you want to know something about recent medical investigations into
M.E. I advise you to read my me+ME+Crisis:
About ME/CFS - 1: Some updates
about Oystein Fluge and Ron Davis that was written on
February 25, 2017.
Fourth, about ¨leading health organizations now recognize
that it is a serious, long-term illness¨: I am sorry, but not in Holland. In Holland
everyone with M.E. is still insane, I guess because this is much
cheaper than treating them as ill people. (I got minimal
years, and was always refused any money for being ill.)
I go to the next
doctors now typically refer to it as myalgic encephalomyelitis, meaning
brain and spinal cord inflammation with muscle pain, and in scientific
papers it is often
written as ME/CFS. At the same time, a major shift is underway as
far as how the medical profession is being advised to approach
according to my - rather extensive - information: In fact - see the
Wikipedia on ¨chronic
fatigue syndrome¨ by far the most doctors (as far
as I know) still don´t believe there can be any disease
learned about, and call it (i.a.) ¨post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), chronic
dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), systemic exertion intolerance disease
(SEID)¨ and other trivializing names.
And I call
these trivializing names because none
even mention the muscle agues I have now for 39 years; most of
them speak of ¨fatigue¨ while my real problem (and that of my
ex, who also has the disease, as long as I have it, and also is a
psychologist who couldn´t work) is not
fatigue but lack of
energy. (You are ¨fatigued¨ if you are tired. You have a
energy if you just finished running the marathon. And I have felt as
I had just run the marathon very many times these last 39
advice to “exercise your way out of it” is now recognized as not only
ineffective but counterproductive. It usually only makes matters worse,
as even the mildest activity, like brushing your teeth, can lead to a
debilitating fatigue, the core symptom of the disease.
all true (but I have heard for 39 years that “exercise is the way out of it”), although I
should add that there are many levels in the disease, and
people who get a collapse after brushing their teeth or going to the
toilet simply have it more seriously than I have.
Then there is
this which is mainly baloney:
thinking is long overdue. It is understandably difficult for doctors to
appreciate that a disorder lacking obvious physical abnormalities could
have a physical basis, especially when patients debilitated by a
chronic disease that no one understands are likely to be depressed and
definitely NOT ¨understandably
difficult for doctors to appreciate that a disorder lacking obvious
This is only understandably
difficult if these doctors are
either incompetent or believe that they know all there is to know about
any possible disease.
you are not somewhat depressed or somewhat anxious after
hearing total bullshit
from nearly all medical mouths
you consulted for twentyfive years
I´d say you are a
psychological miracle. (In fact, medics in vast majorities everywhere
have been blaming the victims for being ill.)
more that is more or less good journalism, but simply is false
someone like me:
symptoms of the syndrome make it clear that this is not a matter of
malingering. No one with an appreciation for life would pretend to be
so debilitated. As the C.D.C. put it, “People with ME/CFS have fatigue
that is very different from just being tired. The fatigue of ME/CFS can
be severe; is not a result of unusually difficult activity; is not
relieved by sleep or rest, [and] was not a problem before becoming ill.”
been saying both things - my ex and I are not
malingering; my ex and I both fell ill in the first year of our
studies; my ex and I are studying on study loans etc. and also no:
we have no ¨fatigue¨: we have a chronic and constant lack of energy
- ever since 1979, but I have given up trying to
people of anything.
minimal exertion, patients tend to “crash” or “collapse” and may
require days, weeks or longer to rebound. As mundane an activity as
grocery shopping, attending a school event, preparing a meal or even
taking a shower may force a retreat to bed.
But I should
remark that collapses (especially after three years of
insufficient sleep because of illegal drugsdealers that are protected
by the mayor, the police and all city bureaucrats) may last months,
years and decades: My present position is much worse
than it was between 1984-1987 precisely because of that reason.
is this, that is all true (and should at least partially explain why I
and most other sufferers of M.E. reject the name ¨chronic
fatigue¨ for our disease):
joint pain unrelated to an injury is a common accompaniment, as well as
headaches that are new or worse than previously. Some people also have
tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits, a frequent sore throat,
chills and night sweats, allergic sensitivities or digestive problems.
In fact, I
know only two persons with M.E.: Myself and my
ex. I have
met others who claimed the same, but I did not see enough of their
lives and their troubles to be able to agree with them. I lived for
years with a woman with the same disease as I had and we both had
muscle agues; she had headaches but I did not; the same for lymph
nodes; I had extremely frequent night sweats but she did not
(but she had years of diarrhea that I did not have); and I think we
both had digestive problems.
of this was admitted by almost any doctor I saw: All
the last bit that I quote from this article:
I agree, though I did have
some interesting and long lasting results with orthomolecular vitamins.
(I report them because they are factually correct,
but I do not
to be able to explain them: I am not a medical doctor).
currently no known cure for ME/CFS and patients should be wary of any
therapy that claims otherwise.
Finally, being ill for 39 years and being consistently put away by 9 of
10 doctors I saw as if I was a psychosomatizer who deserved
blamed for his own problems, and who also was denied all
help by 9 out
of 10 doctors:
I distrust 90% of all doctors I see, and I avoid all
medical people as
much as I can. In fact, I will only call a medic if I have
myself what I have (in the Wikipedia or on the internet) and also
ascertained they will probably not say ¨it is psychosomatic¨ .
And I also think 90% of the doctors I have seen or am likely to
see are both incompetent
and dangerous for their
patients, simply because this has
been true for 39 years now
in my own experience (and no, I have had no other
In fact, I think I´d be crazy if I thought otherwise, but I
agree that except for my ex I do not know anyone who
has been both ill
and victimized for 39 years. I have been.
2. The Duty to Disobey a Nuclear Launch
This article is by
Marjorie Cohn on Truthdig and originally on Truthout. It starts as
On November 19, Air Force
Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, declared he
would refuse to follow an illegal presidential order to launch a
nuclear attack. “If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to
jail,” the general explained at the Halifax International Security
Forum in Nova Scotia. “You could go to jail for the rest of your life.”
Gen. Hyten is correct. For
those in the military, there is a legal duty to obey a lawful order,
but also a legal duty to disobey an unlawful order. An order to use
nuclear weapons — except possibly in an extreme circumstance of
self-defense when the survival of the nation is at stake — would be an
I agree with both Cohn
and Hyten, but must add that I am rather skeptical about military
refusals of orders. A bit more on that below.
First, there is this:
There is cause for concern
that Donald Trump may order a nuclear strike on North Korea. Trump has
indicated his willingness to use nuclear weapons. In early 2016, he
asked a senior foreign policy adviser about nuclear weapons three times
during a briefing and then queried, “If we have them why can’t we use
Yes indeed. And here
are the rules that apply to Trump, although Trump himself may well deny
this applies to him:
The president can only use
military force in self-defense or to forestall an imminent attack.
There must exist “a necessity of self-defence, instant, overwhelming,
leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation,” under the
well-established Caroline Case. A president has no lawful authority to
order a first-strike nuclear attack.
As to military refusals
of orders: As I said, I agree with Hyten, but I also think that the
refusing of orders by military men is quite unlikely.
But this is a good
article that is recommended, that also contains quite a lot more.
3. Chomsky: Is Socialism on the Rise in
This article is by C.J. Polychroniou on AlterNet and
originally on Truthout. This starts as follows:
We live in an age of
illegitimate neoliberal hegemony and soaring political uncertainty. The
evidence is all around: citizen disillusionment over mainstream
political parties and the traditional conservative-liberal divide,
massive inequality, the rise of the "alt-right," and growing resistance
to Trumpism and financial capitalism.
Yes, the present age is
full of contradictions of every type and variety, and this is something
that makes the goals and aims of the left for the reordering of society
along the lines of a true democratic polity and in accordance with the
vision of a socialist reorganization of the economy more challenging
than ever before.
In this context, the
interview below, with Noam Chomsky and Robert Pollin, which appeared
originally in Truthout in three separate parts, seeks to provide
theoretical and practical guidance to the most pressing social,
economic and political issues facing the United States today.
In fact I have reviewed
each of the ¨three
separate parts¨ and did so
(partially at best, I agree) here, here and here.
And this is a strongly recommended article.
4. The Kochs Just Scored a Major Media
This is by Robert Reich
on AlterNet (and originally on RobertReich.org, where I did not find it
today). It starts as follows:
Yes indeed: I completely
agree. This also is a brief article, but it is recommended.
Tonight, the Koch brothers
invested $650 million so the Meredith Corporation could buy Time Inc. –
which, in addition to its flagship magazine, Time, also publishes
People, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.
In announcing the deal,
Meredith said that the Koch’s would “have no influence on Meredith’s
editorial or managerial operations.”
Rubbish. The Koch Brothers
don’t invest $650 million for nothing. My guess is they intend to use
Time and its other publications — which reach millions of online and
print readers — to promote their right-wing conservatism.
5. There’s a Strategic and Deadly
Attack Aimed at the US Republic,
But It’s Not the Russians
This article is by John Atcheson on Common Dreams. It
starts as follows:
An all-out assault on our
freedom began in earnest 46 years ago, when Lewis Powell issued a 34-page
memo on August 23, 1971 in response to a request from the Chamber
of Commerce. Their campaign was strategic, patient, inexorable,
and fueled by billions of dollars.
As Powell put
Strength lies in
organization, in careful long-range planning and implementation, in
consistency of action over an indefinite period of years, in the scale
of financing available only through joint effort, and in the
political power available only through united action and national
A collection of wealthy
conservatives funded what was a de facto coup, setting up foundations
and think tanks designed to discredit government while portraying free
markets as the source of salvation. To accomplish it they established a
conservative presence in the press, educational institutions, and civil
society – indeed, their coup aimed to completely change the cultural
and philosophical assumptions underpinning the nature of our Republic,
the principles it was founded upon, and the role of corporations in
And it has been
agree (and have been drawing attention to Lewis
F. Powell Jr. for a
long time, as indeed have quite a few others).
Here is more:
Today, the remnants of the
last impediment to their takeover are being swept away – specifically,
the remains of rules designed to assure an informed citizenry.
Thomas Jefferson said he would prefer newspapers without government
over government without newspapers. Today, we are losing the press, and
as a result, losing the informed citizenry that has been the foundation
of our freedoms since our nation was formed.
Yes, I think this is
also true (though I have to admit that - anyway - I believe that only
minority of all Americans is both adequately informed and
dealing rationally with the information they have - but indeed I agree
my criterions are fairly high).
Here is more:
Again quite so -
and I have been suppressing text in my summary. Here is the last bit
that I´ll quote from this article:
Make no mistake, this
takeover was intentional and it is the last step a decades long
strategy to take over a free and independent press.
Act – Three Strikes and We’re Out
Net Neutrality: With
end of net neutrality, a few giant corporations will control the ease
of your access to the Internet, and the costs of and to the sites you
FCC Rules: The changes
watering down the FCC rules designed to assure a diversity of views
have been going on since
Reagan, and Bill Clinton doubled down on Reagan's assault, but
what’s happening right now is the death knell for an independent
Mergers and Monopolies:
Sinclair buy out is only the latest in a two-decade long consolidation
of the media. A twenty-year
frenzy of mergers has put about 90 percent of the country’s major media
outlets under the control of just six corporations.
Don’t look to the
Democrats to prevent it. As they demonstrated at the Democracy
Alliance’s recent meeting in La Costa California, they are firmly
committed to the same old game of chasing corporations and fat cats for
their money and, inevitably, serving their interests not the
Well... I have very
recently read that Bernie Sanders is planning to run for the Democrats
in 2020. I do not know whether that is true.
I agree with John Atcheson that the present Democrats are
corporations and fat cats for
their money and, inevitably, serving their interests not the
people’s¨ but I do not
know what they will be like in two or three years.
In any case, this is a strongly recommended article.
3. 75 years
It is November 28 today,
which means that Stephanie Faulkner - the first woman I
lived with and the only woman I desired to marry (and
she me) - was born 75 years ago today, on November 28, 1942.
She died in 1996, but I did not know that until 2013, when I wrote
about her, here and here.
And I have one thing to add to what I wrote then about her: I did copy
and comment on the first 25 letters she wrote to me, in 1971 and 1972,
but I will not upload them, mostly because they are too
I will say that the reason she stands out for me is that she certainly
was the most intelligent woman I ever met, and quite possibly also the
most intelligent person I met, and also that she was Irish in her own
opinion, though born in Wales, as the child of an Irish father and a
Since I am commemorating November 28, 1942 let me add that on that same
day Emmett Grogan
was born. He was one of the leaders of the U.S.
Diggers , whom I discovered (in some detail)
in the beginning of
See here and here
for some more on the U.S. Diggers. I only add that this still
has to be completed and that I also got considerably more critical
of them after I found out that many of the U.S. Diggers used hard
drugs, which I have always opposed. Indeed Grogan died in
his 35th year in 1978 from an overdose of heroin.
I think that Grogan was a bright man (also from an Irish background, by
the way) and that his book Ringolevio
is quite interesting, but I also think that he and the other
U.S. Diggers that turned to hard drugs, that also include Peter Coyote,
who was another leader of the U.S. Diggers, made a quite serious
 I have now been
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 1 1/2 years as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I will
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).
 I am quite sorry that it is
this way, but I simply have seen far too many medical doctors
who actually were completely ignorant
about both myself and my disease who simply lied to me, also
without any other reason than their vanity or their
Besides, there is another reason, and it is medical, in
the good sense:
The whole term and the whole concept of ¨psychosomatic problems¨
is totally unmedical bullshit
that has nothing to do with real medicine: Real
medicine - that only exists some 150 years!! - is based on the
thesis that everything a real medic can find out or say about any
disease is somatic (about the body):
The ¨psyche¨ (the ¨soul¨, the ¨mind¨) - indeed quite unlike the
simply does not belong to medical science. (And - incidentally
- if there is a specialist on psychology it is me
rather than the medical doctors I see: I have an - excellent -
M.A. in it, and none
of them did any systematic studying in psychology. I did.)
And there is yet a third reason, that is mostly personal: I know that I
am quite intelligent, which also comes with some arrogance, but I have never
met anyone - and I have met very
many professors, in
quite a few sciences - who was as arrogant and as condescending as
plenty of the medical doctors I met.
 Incidentally: The article on the U.S.
Diggers in the Wikipedia has been systematically getting worse
since I first read it (like much else on Wikipedia). For example, the
present article ends with the following section (there is more in it
than I quote):
Division of Labor
am sorry, but while this may be true, it is about as relevant as
criticizing the Labour Party or the Catholics for ¨sexism¨ in the
The Diggers' division of labor between men and women
has been criticized as sexist, with male members primarily forming
ideas while female members of the organization were tasked with most of
the practical and instrumental work these ideas required.
This is just irrelevant bullshit, and
besides: the U.S. Diggers were not
a ¨theater¨ group: They were a counter culture group with
revolutio- nary aims that arose from a theater group - the
Troupe - that they left behind to form the Diggers.
Are these lies intentional or are they merely based on ignorance?!