Nov 23, 2011
ME: WPI vs Mikovits - documents in the case
it is quaintly quiet on Phoenix Rising. A little more on that below, but for the moment mostly documents in the case - not all of them, but quite interesting, clear and revealing ones, put on line by the WPI and elsewhere as well.
The following four are links to pdf's. The first is by the lawyers for the WPI, the other three are sworn statements. All is from the court case WPI vs Mikovits, about the disappeared lab books and other materials, and it reads like a crime novel: [*]
Dr. Mikovits was freed on bail of 100,000 dollars yesterday. It is not clear to me whether the lab books and other materials that Max Pfost took, instructed by dr. Mikovits, or so it would seem, have been restored to the WPI or where they are if not.
It seems a clear case of theft, and it also seems as if the WPI is most concerned with getting their property back. Then again, I assume the eventual legal persecution, or not, of dr. Mikovits and Mr. Pfost, and possibly others, is up to the legal authorities.
And it is well worth saying that, in view of the above documents it seems that the WPI the last seven weeks have been trying to do the morally and legally right things, against much uninformed opposition by misled patients, and against what I take are criminal actions by Judy Mikovits and Max Pfost.
No doubt the case will continue, but the above files provide a lot of clarity about the last seven weeks of goings on around the WPI and dr. Mikovits, especially the first, that legalese by the lawyers acting for the WPI, but rather clear and quite convincing legalese as well.
There are three threads about it - at least - on Phoenix Rising:
There is some discussion, but given the two years of wild waves of earlier enthusiasm and support for dr. Mikovits not much, and it also seems as if quite a few former anonymous action heroes of the anonymous post may be just now really busy with looking the other way, in a highly innocent manner, of course. People are like that. Many are, at least.
And more documentation:
Gerwyn has again left from the forum I am not allowed to view by their most exemplary owners CF_Since_1998 and Patricia Carter, and He has taken V99 and Jace - Blessed Be Their Hallowed Names! - and some others with Him, to preach the True Gospel About ME here:
Well... it clarifies groupings and sub-groupings some, I'd say, and I do also have a real interest in a Real Life Cognitive Dissonance Experiment:
In that way, it's all most instructive and educational, and the site should invite many researchers in the subject.
And yet more documentation:
Then again there is The ArchFiend aka ERV aka Abbie Smith's blog, which I happen to like, in its latest instalment on the subject, the thirtieth in a sequence:
Though it may amaze some, it's quite restrained, mostly, and Ms Smith has a quite sensible analysis at Nr 99, that I leave to your own perusal.
Also, it should be remarked that, while she is one of the winners in The Battle Around XMRV, she is neither crowing nor gloating, and she also did what real scientists do: Try to make honest sense of things, to help people. Moreover, people with ME/CFS are helped by scientists like Abbie Smith, for it is the truth that shall set you free, not impostures or bad science.
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
Short descriptions of the above:
1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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