| "They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin
| "All governments lie and nothing
they say should be believed."
-- I.F. Stone
| "Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men are
almost always bad men."
-- Lord Acton
1. Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA
2. Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest
3. GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Its Version of 'Disaster'
4. What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready
to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren
This is a Nederlog of Saturday, March 28, 2015.
This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item 1 is about Wikipedia's legal challenge to the NSA (but the title is too optimistic); item 2 is about a fine article by Max Blumenthal who exposesd the fraud Ali (well-known to me as a Dutchman); item 3 is about the horrible budget that the GOP-controlled
Senate passed; item 4 is about an insane schema that the mega-rich banking criminals are considering to silence Elizabeth Warren; and item 5 is not a crisis item but is the last update on my M.E. and the protocol I use to help tame it.
1. Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance
The first item is an article by Thor Benson on Truthdig:
To start with, I observe that I reported on this case a week ago : The present article continues that report and begins as follows:
- Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance
And there is this from the end that relates to the title:
The National Security Agency and the Department of Justice are being sued by Wikimedia, the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia—the online encyclopedia whose articles can be written or edited by anyone.
Wikimedia claims that the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs are threatening its ability to spread free, open and honest information and that the way the NSA collects data violates the First and Fourth Amendments to the Constitution. The organization is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and is joined in the suit by eight other plaintiffs, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International USA and The Nation.
The suit is specifically challenging the NSA’s use of “upstream surveillance,” which taps directly into the Internet’s backbone—the network of cables and routers that makes the Web possible—and intercepts all the traffic that goes across it.
I hope she is right, though I think the article's title is a bit too optimistic.
Gorski of the ACLU said she believes that the plaintiffs have a better chance of winning the suit than they might have had in the past “due to the Snowden disclosures and subsequent government acknowledgements about upstream surveillance.”
“There’s no question here that the plaintiffs do have standing,” she added, using the legal term referring to the ability to show the court sufficient connection to and harm from the actions being challenged.
(And the basic way to deny the NSA etc. access is encryption - universal encryption of everything.)
2. Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest Deception
The next item is an article by Max Blumenthal (<- Wikipedia) on AlterNet:
- Exposing Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest Deception
This starts as follows - and it's here because I am Dutch, and I know a fair amount about the careerist fraud who calls herself Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and also
wrote repeatedly about her in Nederlog since 2004:
While promoting her new book, Heretic, on a March 23 episode of "The Daily Show," Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali made a staggering claim: “If you look at 70 percent of the violence in the world today, Muslims are responsible,” she told host Jon Stewart.
Stewart did not demand any evidence and Hirsi Ali provided no citation. However, she made a strikingly similar statement in a March 20 essay previewing her new book for the Wall Street Journal: “According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies,” Hirsi Ali wrote in WSJ’s Saturday Essay, “at least 70% of all the fatalities in armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving Muslims.”
I contacted the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a leading British foreign policy think tank, to inquire about the source of Hirsi Ali’s statistic. According to IISS spokesperson Kat Slowe, IISS did not state such a figure in its research.
Yes, and this simply fits the Ali-pattern, that is well exposed in the rest of the article, that is quite good. In case you want to know more, here is a link to an English piece I wrote about her in 2005 (for as a Dutchman I have been able to follow her career since 2003).3. GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Its Version of 'Disaster' Budget
The next item is an article by Jon Queally on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
- GOP-Controlled Senate Passes Its Version of 'Disaster' Budget
After an all-night session known as a "vote-a-rama" in the U.S. Senate, the Republican-controlled chamber passed a budget bill early Friday morning that Democrats, all of whom voted against it, decried as a "disaster" for the economy and the American people. Outside critics were quick to assail the budget, which would cut federal spending by $5.1 trillions over ten years, as a preliminary blueprint for dismantling key programs of the nation's social safety net while immediately gutting other key public services such as education, healthcare, and transportation projects.Yes, indeed. Here is some more:
In brief, it is a budget that helps the 1% to get even richer at the cost of the 99%.
As Reuters notes, the GOP-approved budget seeks to eliminate U.S. deficits by 2025 without raising taxes by inflicting deep cuts to social safety net programs, investments in transportation and education and other domestic programs.
Meanwhile, the budget would dramatically boost defense spending by adding about $38 billion to an off-budget war funding account, and would also continue to offer continued increases to core Pentagon programs year after year.
The only good thing I can say about it is that to anyone intelligent and informed this is quite clear, but the problem with that position is that the American elections are decided by advertising propaganda to - especially - the half of the American voters whose IQs are maximally 100, and these may be convinced of almost anything if given sufficient advertisements (which now is possible thanks to SCOTUS' majority in Citizens United).
4. What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren
The next item is also an article by Jon Queally on Common Dreams:
- What Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren
This starts as follows:
What could she possibly be doing right?
According to exlusive reporting by Reuters on Friday, big Wall Street banks are so upset with Elizabeth Warren’s call to "un-rig" the economy and proposals for stronger financial regulations that discussions are underway about withholding campaign contributions to Senate Democrats as a form of "symbolic" protest against the freshman senator from Massachusetts.
Citing sources familiar with the situation, representatives of some of the nation's largest banks—including Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America—have actively considered putting pressure on the Democratic establishment by making a coordinated threat to withold campaign contributions unless the populist rhetoric coming from Sen. Warren and her colleague from Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown, is toned down.
I say?! So some 10 or so mega-rich criminal bankers, who frauded billions, now have decided that they will not be criticized by one rare member of the Senate - and will withhold campaign contributions to other Democrats until or unless these other Democrats shut up Sen. Elizabeth Warren?!
That is how the Mafia would try to do it - but OK: these are psychopathic mega-
frauds who only care for their own millions, and are capable of anything to increase their profits.
The last item for today is not an article on some aspect of the crisis, but an update on my disease M.E. and on the protocol that I follow, in fact mostly because ordinary doctors don't help, even though I am really ill for 37 years now (in which I made an M.A. with an - extremely rare - average of 9.3 out of
10 possible points, but could not find work because I am ill).
In fact, the present update is much like the former, but with one or two changes:
vitamin C: 4 grams:
It still is 4 grams a day,
Calcium+vitamin D+vitamin K:
I still take 2 pills a day, which gives a little less than the daily recommended dose, but see the next:
VM-75: 1 pill a day
This gives many supplements, and the vitamins only in fairly strong doses (75 mg for most B-vitamins).
Potassium: 4 pills a day
This gives 800 mg a day.
Metafolin: 2 pills a day
This gives 2000 mcg a day, and is a change: I will be taking
400 mcg more each day this month, than I did for several years.
Vit mB12 infusion: 1 pill a day
This gives 1 mg methylcobalamin a day OR
Vit mB12 5000 mcg: 1/2 pill a day.
The last two are alternated every day.
Vit aB12: 1 pill every other day
This gives 3000 mcg of dibencozide
Vit B6 (as P-5'-P): 1 pill a day
This gives 50 mg of B6, and I started this again because B6
definitely helped me in the past (notably in 1984-1988).
Vit E: 1 pill every other day.
This gives 1000 iU per pill. This is new (now).
That is it (and NB that "mcg" = "microgram").
I merely comment on the two differences.
First, the increased metafolin is experimental. It has taken considerable time and trouble to arrive at the protocol of last month, that did tide me over a relatively good year of 2014. Since the end of 2014 I have had a slightly worse condition, and slept again too little on several days (that then may effect me for a week or more), and I will be trying this month whether 20% more metafolate makes a difference. (I don't know.)
And second, the vitamin E. I have a lot of experience with vitamin E, and I have
now restarted taking it because it has helped me some times against muscle agues, and I also have had some more muscle agues this year. I do not know
whether it helps now, and may find out the coming month.
Unless I am forced to stop, the next news on my M.E. will be at the end of April.