October 25, 2015
me+ME: Cleaning 2014, John le Carré, Megavitamins: A bit better

Cleaning Nederlog 2014
2. John le Carré
3. me+ME: I have been lately a bit better


This is a Nederlog of Sunday, October 25, 2015.

This is not a crisis blog, although item 2 gives a few relevant quotes. But mostly this is about updating: item 1 is about cleaning 2014 from many innocent but space-taking references (now done); item 2 is about a long article about John le Carré, with a few good quotes; and item 3 is the monthly update on my vitamins and my condition.

1. Cleaning Nederlog 2014   

I have meanwhile cleaned 122 files in Nederlog 2014 from references to Zim, which is a quite handy piece of software I use mostly because Firefox - very probably to please Google, that pays many of its bills - does not allow you to
save sites anymore by their real addresses, but forces you to save them by the
- often ugly, often very long, generally useless - file titles the users decided on.

Firefox did not do this until 2012 or 2013, and did not react to my polite and clear mail that I wanted the facility they had been implementing for many years, that was handy and logical: simply give the users a choice.

But no: instead, they acted as if I wasn't worth answering and pleased Google (that wants as many searches as possible, and wants to know where you have been). That is, you get no choice, and have to save by filename, which means you have to do a search every time you want to see the original.

Zim enters here because it makes it quite easy to save a title + a web-address
in a uniform font, that then can be easily pasted in the html package I use, which is KompoZer, which is both rather good and awfully bugged, but is the only somewhat decent WYSIWYG on Linux (!).

But then Zim has the habit of storing its pastings into html, first in the file and then, after saving, in the header file of the html, where every pasting gets two lines. And this takes up - if not controlled - a considerable amount of file space.

Which justifies the cleaning, and this I did the last two days for 2014. I still have to do 2013. (Before that the problem doesn't enter: Firefox did saving files well, till changing in 2012 or 2013.)

This is rather a lot of boring work, that is also painful to my eyes, but 2014 and most of 2015 have been done. And I realize this is not very interesting for most
readers, but I designed the site myself and maintain it in html, and these are
some of the difficulties Firefox prepares for its users, I think because it much rather pleases Google (that pays part of it) than its users.

2. John le Carré

I am not much of a fan of John le Carré (<- Wikipedia) nor indeed of modern literature.

This is not much due to Le Carré nor to modern literature, but is mostly dependent on my having a logical head and much curiosity: I have too much curiosity in other subjects to spend much time on literature, and the time I do spend on literature I want to spend on really good literature, while what is really good literature depends on history.

Therefore, I tend to abstain from modern literature (of the last 25 to 50 years or so), and mostly read what has been tested repeatedly, and that still stands up, which is a small minority, but also is a minority of possibly fine books.

As to Le Carré: I have read - long ago - "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy", and another book of his, but that is it. I liked what I read, but he is no great author (as were e.g. Shakespeare, Pope, Dr. Johnson, Hazlitt and Orwell, for example).

The reason the present item is here is that I read yesterday a long article on The Guardian, by Adam Sisman:
  • From cold war spy to angry old man: the politics of John le Carré
This starts as follows and is an interesting and quite long article (nearly 414 Kb download, but of that probably around half is Javascript):
It is a truism that, as they get older, angry young radicals tend to relax into complacent conservatism. The fire of youth fades to a dull glow, or flickers out altogether; the injustice that once seemed so offensive becomes more bearable, perhaps ameliorated by the trappings of success. John le Carré has travelled in the opposite direction. As he has aged, he has become more angry, not less. Far from dimming in his ninth decade, the flame of his rage burns hot and strong. This change is manifest in his books. While ambivalence was the dominant mood of le Carré’s cold war novels, his more recent books are unabashedly partisan.
I will not review it, both because it is too long and because that is not my purpose, but it is a good essay that is well worth reading.

What I will excerpt is some evidence of Le Carré's anger, because I quite agree with it.

First, there is this, that was originally in the foreword to a book he published in April of 2001 (briefly before 9/11) - and Cornwell is Le Carré's real name:
“The new American realism, which is nothing other than gross corporate power cloaked in demagogy, means one thing only: that America will put America first in everything,” he wrote. “Quite simply and emphatically, I do not believe that the United States is fit to run the post-cold war world, and I think the sooner Britain and Europe wake up to that fact, the better.” Cornwell expressed contempt for the newly elected president: “I happen also to believe that George W Bush is not fit to run America, or for that matter a single-decker bus, but that’s America’s business. Unfortunately, he has been given charge of the world’s only superpower.”.
Yes, indeed. Then there is this, also from the early 2000s:
In an interview with David Hare, Cornwell said that he would like to see Blair “punished” in the coming poll, then only three weeks away. Not only had he failed to instigate much-needed reform, he had continued the Thatcherite legacy – “he would have privatised air if he could”. Worst of all, Blair had kowtowed to the Americans. “We don’t have a single member of the Blair administration lifting a public finger against the ecological ruin that George W is promising in the United States,” he said. He deplored “the whimpering echo” from Blair when the president supported the drug companies in their legal action against the South African government. “I thought Blair was lying when he denied he was a socialist,” Cornwell told Hare. “The worst thing I can say about him is that he was telling the truth.”
And this, again from the early 2000s:
He was horrified when the American government set up a detention camp at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, where prisoners could be held indefinitely without trial, outside US jurisdiction and the protection of the Geneva conventions. He deplored the use of “extraordinary rendition” – the abduction and transfer of a person from one country to another without legal process.
Finally, there is this:
In 2005 he suggested that Britain might be sliding towards fascism. “Mussolini’s definition of fascism was that when you can’t distinguish corporate power from governmental power, you are on the way to a fascist state. If you throw in God power and media power, that’s where we are now,” he told an interviewer. When asked if he was saying that Britain had become a fascist state, he replied: “Does it strike you as democratic?”

Since then, David Cameron took over from Blair and Brown, and no: Great Britain does not strike me as a democracy, though I don't think it is a fascist country, yet. But it is an authoritarian state run by rich Tories for the benefits of the rich, at the costs of the poor, with the help of the mostly corrupt main media.

3. me+ME: I have been lately a bit better

This final section is about the megavitamins I take to battle my M.E., which I have now since 1.1.1979, and that still is not recognized as a real disease in Holland, although I am ill from 28 till 65, and also made one of the best possible M.A.'s in psychology and an excellent B.A. in philosophy in these ill years, in which I was also gassed (I nearly died), have been kept out of sleep for around 7 years, and had to live above mayor Van Thijn's personal drugsdealers (in both soft and hard drugs), against whom the Amsterdam police absolutely refused to lift a finger, whatever I said, whatever I complained: Amsterdam was for protecting illegal drugsdealers much rather than a sick son and grandson of heroes of the resistance of WW II.

The previous update is from the last month, and is here. That says that my condition was a bit worse in 2015 than it was in 2014, and especially since late April, when I had to do too much.

This may be improving again, as it seems to, the last month and especially the last week, and the probable reasons are some changes in the supplements I took
the last month.

I first say what I am taking now (choosing the latest variant), and then explain it:
vitamin C: 3 grams:
The same as last month.
Calcium+vitamin D+vitamin K:
The same as last month. (This is 1 pill.)
Potassium: 2 pills a day
This gives 1000 mg a day (200 mg more).
Metafolin or folic acid: 4 pills a day.
This gives 3200 mcg till 4000 mcg per day. (Increased 4-fold)
Magnesium: 1 pill a day.
This gives the daily required amount, together with Multi Total.
Vit mB12 5000 mcg: 1 pill a day.
Vit aB12 3000 mcg: 1 pill a day. (Doubled.)
Vit B6 (50 mg or 100 mg): 1 pill a day.

Multi Total: 2 pills a day.
This gives the daily recommend dosage (which is much too low
in vitamins, but is sufficient in minerals).
That is mostly as it was before (and I am 6 ft 4 and over 80 kilos). I have - repeatedly - experimented with nearly all changes, and believe none of them is very relevant except folic acid: I am taking significantly more the last week, and since then I have been feeling rather better, and also slept more.

I hope this will last and extend, but I do not know. What is hopeful is that I did not know about folic acid, which I picked up from Regland et al, as reviewed the
last time. This may be the reason for previous failures, but I do not know this now, and have to find out.

Lastly, something about how much I profited from mB12 etc. I'd say: I am a moderate improver, because I really did improve since I got it somewhat right in 2012, but it is also true that I could not keep up the large improvements: These did occur, but had to be abandoned because I did something wrong.

Well, perhaps it was insufficient folic acid. If so, I will probably learn this in one to three months, and report it in Nederlog.

P.S. 26 oct 2015: I forgot yesterday to remove the crisis additions, but deleted them today.

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