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1. The 1000-th item in the crisis series
2. Now what?
This is a Nederlog of Saturday, October 10, 2015.
This is a crisis blog. There is an earlier crisis log today, under the link, that reviews 5 articles, but this blog is a bit extra-ordinary: It is the 1000-th (thousandth) blog in the crisis series.
It contains two sections: An explanation of my site, Nederlog and the crisis series, followed by a partial answer to "now what?".
1. The 1000-th item in the crisis series
This Nederlog is the 1000-th log in the crisis series, which I will explain in this section, in three steps.
First my site.
I have an internet connection since late 1996, which is almost 19 years ago now. I think I uploaded my first site in January 1997. I had written it myself in html but the first months it remained quite small, and also got changed several times.
By 1998 it got considerably extended, and then I also uploaded my long review - 2.5 MB, 65 files - of Leibniz's "Nouveaux Essays", which I still think is very fine, but it took until 2003 for the site to look - more or less - as it does presently: With a blue graphical background, and written in Verdana.
Also between 2002 and 2009 the site got much extended by me, and by 2010 most items that are still on it (presently over 500 MB) were in place.
Initially and until the summer of 2009, the site was maintained by a telephone- modem, that was both quite slow (maximally 28 Kb per second, usually less) and quite expensive, for I had to pay each and every telephone tick.
So in fact I surfed little (which anyway was quite slow, and not fit for videos), and mostly just uploaded to my site and checked for mail.
Also, by the end of August of 2004 I decided that the e-mails I was sending regularly to my brother about Holland (he doesn't live in Holland since the 1980ies) could as well be made into a kind of log on my site, and that is how Nedernieuws got started in 2004, briefly after I had gotten a second site.
This was all in Dutch, and was limited to news about Holland. By the end of 2005 I had decided I wanted to write about more than just Holland, and changed Nedernieuws to Nederlog, which I recast as being about news, ideas, comments and remarks of any kind that interested me, including about M.E. that I had half of my life in 2006, and thus Nederlog remained, in Dutch also, until the beginnining of 2010.
In the end of 2009 I was informed that something had been discovered about M.E.: It was - supposedly - caused by XMRV, which is a substance that had been found in the blood of patients with M.E. by dr. Judy Mikovits in a highly significant proportion, as was claimed in an article that was considered good enough to be printed in Science.
I thought the news quite interesting, although as a philosopher of science I knew that one could not (yet) say this caused M.E. without further confirmation and further research, and I also was interested enough to become a member of Phoenix Rising, which was (and is) an English site for people with M.E.
This also caused me to change the language of Nederlog to English, which anyway is the language for the greater part of the rest of my site, and also to write mostly about ME (as I tend to write M.E.) and sometimes also about me.
Then again, I left Phoenix Rising in May of 2010 and was removed from another site for patients with ME in July, in the end - I think, but am fairly certain of this - simply because I was too intelligent. (I am fairly certain of this because precisely the same happened to several other intelligent persons, who I also hardly knew: I merely witnessed their harassment.)
I should say that I didn't mind much, for I had learned one thing on Phoenix Rising: The ordinary patient can't write, and doesn't think too well - which is no shame at all (they are all ill, have cognitive problems, and few have a university education), but which gets pretty upsetting when bands of such persons join together to blame the few who can write and argue - for being abled to write and argue better than they can themselves (which did happen, and not to me, but which caused me to give up the patients, who indeed also have on average some 50 IQ-points less than I have, which does make a difference, for me).
Also, by October 8, 2011 - after Science had announced problems with Mikovits and others' published article, and more - I had decided I didn't believe in XMRV anymore, which turned out to be the correct decision in the following months, and from then on I wrote a whole lot less about ME and hardly anything about XMRV. (XMRV was mere contamination, it seems, and ME is still mostly a riddle,
though any good medical doctor knows it is a real disease, presently without a good explanation).
Third, the crisis logs.
In the summer of 2008 the American banks nearly collapsed and were - except for Lehmann Brothers - saved by gigantic amounts of tax money. It was nearly immediately obvious to me that this was a huge economic crisis, and I started a crisis series on September 1, 2008, in Dutch, because until 2010 I wrote Nederlog in Dutch. (Incidentally, according to the Dutch government nothing was the matter in the beginning of September, and indeed until well into October.)
I continued with the crisis logs, mixed with various other matters, including much about ME+me in 2010 and 2011, and wrote from 2008 till June 9 2013 189 crisis logs altogether, of which the first 81 are in Dutch and - from 2010 onwards - the rest is in English.
Then on June 10, 2013 I learned two things: There was a man called Edward Snowden, who had risked very much to make it known that - especially - the American NSA and the British GCHQ were collecting absolutely everything - mails, sites, telephone conversations - of absolutely everyone on the pretext (I think, in fact since 2005) that "this would help against terrorism".