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May 12, 2019

Three Crisis Articles + It Is M.E.-Day Today (May 12)


“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.







Sections

Introduction

1. Summary
2.
Crisis Files
     A. Selections from May 12, 2019
 
   B. It is M.E.-Day Today (May 12)
Introduction:

This is a Nederlog of Sunday, May 12, 2019.

I bought a computer on May 9 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS MATE and am for the coming months (at least) "between two computers".  I shall continue - for the time being - to write and upload my files from 16.04 LTS (that is: from the old computer, that I bought in 2012) because that is easier right now and the old computer still works (and may continue to work for another two years, although I do not know that).

Also, and in any case, I decided to write less on the crisis (I did review over 10,000 files since 2012), in part because it makes no difference and in part because I am 69.

But I'll continue Nederlog. At present this is in a midway position between the old style (five reviews each day) and some new style, that I do not know yet, and that for the time being I fix on three reviews each day (but that may change).

1. Summary

This is a crisis log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:

I have been writing about the crisis since September 1, 2008 (in Dutch, but since 2010 in English) 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.

On the moment and since more than three years (!!!!) I have problems with the company that is supposed to take care that my site is visible [1] and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and I shall continue.

2. Crisis Files

A. Selections from May 12, 2019:

The indented text under each link is quoted from the link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
1. The Constitution Desperately Needs a New Amendment
2. Netizens of the World, Unite!

3. Landmark Verdict as UK Jury Acquits Extinction Rebellion
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B. It is M.E.-Day Today (May 12)

              b. On M.E. and M.E.-Day



1. The Constitution Desperately Needs a New Amendment

This article is by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan on Truthdig. It starts as follows:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” the Founding Fathers stated in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Of course, they didn’t really mean “all men,” excluding slaves and indigenous Native Americans. And they certainly didn’t include women. The U.S. Constitution that followed a dozen years later maintained the inequality. Over the intervening 240 years, this governing document, the oldest written constitution in the world still in use, has been amended many times — but never to extend the guarantee of equality to women. The Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, first introduced in 1923, seeks to correct that, and may now, nearly a century later, be close to passage. As with all significant progressive advances achieved over the history of this country, grassroots organizing has brought the ERA this far. Whether it gets passed and included as the 28th Amendment depends on the strength of the intersectional movements demanding equality for women.

I say, for I did not know most of the above. Then again, I am strongly for equal rights for all, including women, and indeed have always been, although I do not believe that "all men are created equal", as the Declaration of Independence has it, indeed also not if you take "men" (as is historically correct) to cover women as well.

My reasons to reject that "all men are created equal" are that I do not believe in any divine creation of men and women, whereas I do believe that as a matter of fact, all men and women are different, in talents, in skin color, in abilities, in length, in appearance etc.

And my reasons to be strongly for equal rights (which indeed would probably not be required if indeed all men were equals in everything) is that rights are not men (nor women) while being for unequal rights is difficult to argue on a factual basis and has the strong probability of making several different kinds of human beings, with different (if any) rights, which strikes me as very unfair.

But as I said, I am strongly in favor of equal rights for all, including women. Here is some more:

“Why didn’t women achieve full constitutional equality in 1787 or 1982? Because the country wasn’t ready?” actor Patricia Arquette asked last week at a congressional House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the ERA. It was the first such hearing in almost four decades. “Well, I hope you’re ready now! Because women have been waiting 232 years for equality in this country, and it has failed them. Legislators have blocked the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment for decades. But we’re done waiting.”

I agree with this. Here is some more:

The Equal Rights Amendment states: “Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” This language was passed by Congress in 1972, then sent to the states for ratification. Thirty states ratified quickly, out of the 38 needed. Several more states joined in during the ’70s. Nevada ratified the ERA in 2017, and Illinois did the same in 2018 — bringing the total to 37 states.

If one more state legislature votes to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and if Speier’s resolution passes removing the old ratification deadline, the ERA will become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.

I say, and I hope this will happen. Here is the last bit of this article:

Kathleen Sullivan, former dean of the Stanford University Law School, also spoke at the congressional hearing. She said that the U.S. Constitution is “the only major written constitution in the world that lacks a provision declaring that men and women are equal.” She elaborated: “The French Constitution provides that the law guarantees to the women in all spheres rights equal to those of men. The German Constitution provides that men and women have equal rights, and that nobody shall be prejudiced or favored because of their sex. The Constitution of India provides that the state shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds of sex. And every written constitution promulgated since World War II contains a sex equality provision.”

Quite so, and this is a recommended article.


2. Netizens of the World, Unite!

This article is by Sam Pizzigati on Common Dreams and originally on Inequality.org. It starts as follows:
Yes indeed - and that is both one of the crazy mistakes on which the internet is based, which indeed was not a mistake at all from the point of view of those who created it, and especially not from the point of view of Brzezinski, who argued the internet would become what he wanted it to be already in the late 1960ies, and who got his way: The internet is the supreme tool of spying on everything a person does, wants, feels, thinks, and is.

Here is some more:
Well... I think that is very unlikely to happen, for lots of reasons. (See item 1 for the problem that women still have in the USA simply to be declared equal to men - which they still are not, legally speaking.)

This article ends as follows:

I think Lanier is right (as quoted), but that is not an argument for sharing the wealth (and should be an argument for very much more - enforced - privacy). Anyway... I think the internet is the supreme tool of spying on everything a person does, wants, feels, thinks, and is and it will remain so until some major revolution has taken place.

3. Landmark Verdict as UK Jury Acquits Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder

This article is by Jessica Corbett on Common Dreams.

A jury in the United Kingdom acquitted a pair of climate activists—including a co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion movement—of vandalism charges Thursday after they defended their acts of civil disobedience as a proportionate response to the threats posed by the global climate crisis.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court in London unanimously cleared 25-year-old David Durant and 52-year-old Roger Hallam, the Extinction Rebellion co-founder, of all charges that stemmed from their efforts as part of an ultimately successful campaign to pressure King's College London to divest millions of dollars from fossil fuels.

I say, which I do because I had not expected this, but I like the outcome. Here is some more:

On Jan. 19, 2017, Hallam wrote "divest from oil and gas" in water-soluble chalk-based spray paint on the university's property. Hallam and Durant were arrested days later, on February 1, for spray painting the walls of the university's Great Hall.

"We are extremely grateful to the jury for following common sense," Hallam said outside court Thursday, according to The Guardian. "Ordinary people, unlike the judiciary, are able to see the broader picture."

Durant called the charge of criminal damage he faced "ridiculous," adding that "chalk on the wall is obviously less important than the impending catastrophe for the planet."

Yes, I agree with all of the above. Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:

Tim Crosland, director of climate campaign group Plan B and a legal adviser to Extinction Rebellion, said the jury's decision Thursday was "incredibly significant."

"This comes just after we've had Extinction Rebellion in London, so members of the jury will have been conscious of all of that," Crosland added. "It's a test of public opinion and how a randomly selected sample of the population have responded to this."

Since U.K. climate activists launched Extinction Rebellion last year, the group has spread to dozens of countries. Throughout April, they organized marches, demonstrations, and peaceful civil disobedience to demand from elected officials bolder policies to curb planet-warming emissions—and garnered widespread support, particularly among the British public.

Under pressure from the wave of activism, the U.K. Parliament made history on May 1 by declaring a climate and environment emergency, just days after similar moves by the Welsh and Scottish governments. On Thursday, Ireland followed suit.

I like all of the above, although I do not think that the last paragraph is very significant, but that is a personal aside based on 50+ years of experience with politics. This is a recommended article.


b.
On M.E. and M.E.-Day

My ex and I got M.E. i.e. Myalgic Encephalitis - that is also called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" but that is a thoroughly sick psychiatric term - in January 1979, which started for both of us as Epstein Barr, which I got on January 1 and she got on January 10, 1979, which also happened to be the first year of our university studies in psychology.

Since then we have been ill, which is now over 40 years. We did not get any help for 40 years (except from our families) and therefore spent 40 years with muscle aches and a great lack of energy, and difficulties walking and standing for more than half an hour.

This is certainly true for me, but I do not know whether it is - still - true for my ex, for we separated, again moved by a total lack of all help from any Dutch medics, any Dutch bureaucrats and any Dutch politicians, in 1983/4. I saw my ex for the last time in 1995, but then it was the same for her (and for me) as it had been since 1979.

I have had the luck of finding one good G.P. - Helen van Proosdij-Fertigova - who was my doctor from 1986 till 1999, when she stopped working as a G.P. I very probably owe my life to her - but then she was 1 of 3 doctors I have met who was rational and decent.

Since my ex and I saw 30 Dutch medical doctors this means that 27 (90%) were not rational or not decent, and usually both, for all these 27 lied to us, namely that they "knew" that we were insane, although they never said that, but instead used the - medical nonsense term - "psychosomatic" as "explanation" for what ailed us.

This may have stopped now (but I don't know) for in March 2018 I got the news that from then on the status of M.E. according to the
National (Dutch) Council of Health (which is a major legal and medical institution in Holland), that my ex and I have (and I quote)
ME / CFS [which] is a serious chronic disease, [by] which the functioning and quality of life of people who suffer from it are substantially limited.
I had been argueing the same for 39 years then to various medics, though indeed not lately, because I have given up on Dutch medical doctors, after nearly forty years of continued discrimination, bullshit and lies from 90% of those medical doctors that I saw.

Them again, I learned in March of 2019 that the Dutch medics still had neurasthenia as a diagnosis for ME/CFS, which is another nonsense term even though it is still widely used by medics, and which is in fact the slightly less impolite form of "it is psychosomatic".

I grant that when somebody else (English) pointed this out the Dutch, it now seems to have - finally - disappeared from how ME/CFS is described by Dutch medics - but then that is all "the progress" I saw in 40 years of very few studies into real possible causes for M.E. (for "these are not necessary" since almost every medic believed "it is psychosomatic", the last 40 years).

Next, I should also say that although my ex and I have been ill since the first year of our study as psychologists, we both made a very good M.A.-degree in psychology, although we rarely or never could attend lectures.

I personally happen to think that the main cause of that fact is that both my ex and myself have IQs above 140, whereas the average IQ of students in the "University" of Amsterdam was 115 in 1984, and is certainly less since then - but then I have also learned that most with an IQ not higher than 115 (the vast majority) think that this is discrimination of them ("for all people are equals").

Anyway....

Finally, on M.E.-Day which is on May 12, which is today:

I have one file on M.E.-Day in Nederlog, which is recommended, and which was on May 12, 2010. This well worth reading for it quotes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (from 1948) and outlines which of the rights asserted in that have been denied to my ex and myself since January 1979.

In fact, 2010 was the only year I had much to do with patients-with-supposed-M.E. The reason was that in the end of 2009 a study was published (that then took a lot of attention) that blamed M.E. - empirically, also - on XMRV.

It doesn't matter here and now what XMRV is, but I initially believed the study and decided to become a member of Phoenix Rising (that still exists) to try to help further scientific studying of M.E.

Then again (1) I found very quickly that almost everybody who was a member of it believed in equality of everyone, and in particular that a psychologist like me was merely being arrogant, which made me leave Phoenix Rising after 4 months, and (2) it was established in 2011 that the paper that blamed M.E. on XMRV was either completely mistaken or else a fraud.

Effectively, this was the end for me working with - supposed - M.E.-patients, mostly because very few are really intelligent, very few studied in a university, nearly all believed "everybody is equal", and very few know much or anything from science.

That is the - very brief - history of M.E. for myself and my ex. I take it we both still have it, which also is the reason for the present article, but I do not think I will ever be cured from it, since I am now 69, and have had M.E. since I was 28, and nearly all that reached me about M.E. in the last 40+ years was utter nonsense, from a scientific and/or rational point of view.


Note
[1] I have now been saying since the 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.

They have claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie. They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.

And they just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my ideas. They have behaved now for 3 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).

The only 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 (!!).
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