July 25, 2010


ME + me :  Of Bees, of Johnson, of Brain Tapping and more


    Nicht nur der lügt, welcher wider sein Wissen redet, sondern erst recht der, welcher wider sein Nichtwissen redet. Und so redet ihr von euch im Verkehre und belügt euch mit den Nachbar.
    Also spricht der Narr: "Der Umgang mit Menschen verdirbt den Charakter, sonderlich wenn man keinen hat."
    F. Nietzsche: Also sprach
- Book II
    (Von der N

Medical Specialists Say:

" ....the single most effective technique I’ve used in my 45 years of practice as a psychiatrist
....the most valuable tool I have ever learned in clinical medicine.
....an extraordinary healing technique deserving of the Nobel Prize "


Long time no see, reader: This is the first Nederlog since July 20, that was given to the power of WHEEWHEE. I do hope my gentle introduction to that healing and wellness bringing Lying ProcessTM has done some good, and in case it didn't, or in case there is more need for enlightenment, there's more below in Brain tapping for the WHEE minded, while the words above are all quotations by Medical Specialists on the power of WHEEWHEE. (*)

1. The bees knees
2. Good old Sam Johnson
3. Brain tapping for the WHEE minded

P.S. Relating to ME and me

1. The bees knees

I have been doing little the past days other than recuperating from the heat that lasted most of July in Amsterdam and exchanging mails with Xie, who bears a Chinese name, has almond shaped eyes, and is far too clever for her own wellness.

She namely, who has no ME, but has been reading some about and around it, having acquired some interest in my philosophy, has now needed to be picked up twice by her nearest and dearest from under her own computer, where she then is found screaming "Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" (approximately), clutching her tummy, tears streaming from her eyes, while she is completely incapable of coherent speech, not even in Chinese, and is almost impossible to calm down from a state holding the middle between catatonia and hysteria.

How come, you may ask?

Xie's current problems in life are of two kinds, one general and one particular:

First, the general one is that she is very intelligent, which does her popularity, acceptance, and chances no good, not even in China. (For she is honest.) Second, the particular one is that she met - virtually and  virtuously, mostly by accident - the WHEE geniuses Dany and Jacqui, of whom more below and in the previous Nederlog.

Since reading about these Western Therapies poor Xie, ordinarily healthy, levelheaded, and somewhat sceptically though sincerely interested in the wayward Western ways, has been laughing herself almost to death, not to the amusement of her family or me.

So there have been problems these last days, and to try to calm her down I have had to find some pretty blunt therapeutical instruments to help move the more intelligent mind to the acceptance of the forces of WHEE and Life Itself.

Here is the first:

Keepin' the Natural Perspective
(aka: The WHEEWHEEing of megastigmus stigmatizans,
colletus cunicularius et al)

and very much else you always wanted to know - if your natural intelligence is high enough, of course - inter alia about carnivorous plants and their falsified pictures.

It is made by a French master of many things, who goes by the name

and who had the bright idea to connect his French text, with many amazing and beautiful pictures of bees and birds and other animals, and with many texts to warm the cockles of an intelligent heart screaming from WHEE-ness, to Google translate, with such charming effects as these (end yoo eff too eemageen zee french prononciation, uff curse):

J am not a seasoned gardener or hard. . What amuses me most about the garden is to watch them grow tomatoes, corn or sunflower.

T slightest patch of grass, if he does not become too domesticated, sanitized, mowed, weeded, but the beds, borders, roses, contain a lifetime of more amazing a profusion throughout year number of small animals whose manners are a staggering variety.

It should be noted that most insects present existed while the man was not yet descended from his tree. The first insects appeared there 435 million years, the first wasps there are 200 million years ago the man only 0.15 million years.

So there: Gives you a little perspective.

Most images on the site are links (also if they don't look like it) and the more intelligent or faint of heart may not wish to miss this to cutify the softer ventricles of their own breasts:

Of course, it may be all the naturalistic bits are not for thee, but for better or worse they charmed both Xie and me.

Also, the site is larger than would appear, and comes with an excellent list of reference works and instructions for budding naturalists, gardeners, and the curious gifted.

Much recommended!

2. Good old Sam Johnson

It so happens that Johnson is a very common name, for which reason it is a popular name for an alias. There also are some Johnsons who are very well worth reading, notably Hillary of that ilk, but the Johnson of Johnsons must be old dr. Samuel Johnson himself, who was as genuine a genius as you might wish to meet, and for that reason has long been popular with me.

I have not been able yet to put Xie on a diet of Sam, but I do regularly regale myself with large doses of his prose and found recently two excellent sites about him.

First for the scholarly

These are excellent pages with lots of information. My reason to settle "scholarly" upon Mr Lynch's pages is not that he wears his scholarship as if it is a fake Rolex, for he does do no such thing at all, but because he really knows a lot about his subject; is a real scholar in the field; and these pages are especially for those who know at least a little Johnson and want more. Mr. Lynch has it, and serves it forth admirably.

Second for everybody (who can think, hoping this leaves more than a few millions, in this day and age):

which is excellent and tells itself about itself

The most comprehensive collection of Samuel Johnson quotations on the web. Over 1,800 quotes from Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), one of the most quoted men of the 18th century.

It clearly is a labour of love with many prize finds:

"Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed."
Johnson: Rasselas [said by the character Imlac]

"Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding."
Piozzi: Anecdotes

...much enquiry having been made concerning a gentleman, who had quitted a company where Johnson was, and no information being obtained; at last Johnson observed, that 'he did not care to speak ill of any man behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney'.
from Boswell's Life of Johnson

"A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization."
from Boswell's Life of Johnson

"Much may be made of a Scotchman, if he be caught young."
from Boswell's Life of Johnson

Including my own characteristic (or one of them):

Academia; Learning
"The life that is devoted to knowledge passes silently away, and is very little diversified by events. To talk in public, to think in solitude, to read and to hear, to inquire and answer inquiries, is the business of a scholar. He wanders about the world without pomp or terror, and is neither known nor valued but by men like himself."
Johnson: Rasselas [Imlac]

So far, you missed 1800 more quotes, so now you know where you can find them. And if they are not for you, as may well be the case

"Sir, I have found you an argument; but I am not obliged to find you an understanding."
from Boswell's Life of Johnson

Much recommended!

3. Brain tapping for the WHEE minded

I wrote about WHEEWHEE before, and it seems to have helped many, so I will add a little today, expecting a need to write a special on it, but making no promises.

As I mentioned above, poor Xie, moved by the curiosity of a large intelligence, was floored again by  The Power Of WHEEWHEE for she stumbled, without being warned, over the site of the prodigiously learned and gifted:

I copy it precisely as the most prodigiously gifted Ms Footman herself laid out these many diplomas testifying to her rich gifts and great talents, and should warn you that this superiorly gifted lady is not just anybody, but is a counsellors' counsellor and that the Medical Doctors she counseled testified to the already quoted effect - and we are speaking here especiallt of the WHEE-Powered Process that is EFT (*):

Medical Specialists Say:

" ....the single most effective technique I’ve used in my 45 years of practice as a psychiatrist
....the most valuable tool I have ever learned in clinical medicine.
....an extraordinary healing technique deserving of the Nobel Prize "


Now I did not think that I - being ill - could be morally allowed to omit mentioning these testimonies to Ms Jacquie's excellences on Ms Jacqui's site, indeed the site of a WHEEWHEE gifted most noble and moral healing person, as I could also not forbear to mention this proud testimony of A Healed One, underscoring the above Testimonies by Honest Medical Specialist Experts:

"... re the girl, I kind of asked her out, she said no because of her own issues but she said she would like to spend more time with me.  You know what, I am not too bothered at all by this rejection, whereas before it would have really eaten me up inside!!  The EFT definitely really worked and helped me to deal with this and remain positive and upbeat about the situation!  Thank you so much for tapping with me!"
SG, London (following an EFT workshop, Feb 2008)

Clearly, this is written by a proud soul in full possession of herself (?), also possessed of the most amazing gifts of self-expression.

As it happens, in case you were puzzled by "tapping": This has been explained in my previous Nederlog, but meanwhile have been perfected to

The Lesser Brain Tap WHEEWHEE style -
© drs Maarten Maartensz psychologist: (***)

This TechniqueTM of "alternating tapping the eyebrow points" has to be visualized carefully and must be done affirmatively, and in a spirit of trust, and will lead to immediate ceasing of negativity and acquisition of EnlightenmentTM  and WellnessTM

Stand in front of your mirror; put your finger gently on your forehead near your eyebrows; look meaningfully and deep into your own eyes; tap that forehead, repeatedly and therapeutically, and say, in an affirmative positive authentic responsible tone, loud and clear, but without screaming:

"I am NOT an idiot. I AM not an idiot. I am not an IDIOT."

And thus you KNOW, dear reader, for we all know the thrice told must be true. The Power Of WHEEWHEE!

The above TechniqueTM also builds enormous self-confidence - unless done improperly (it must be warned sincerely!): if so, do sign in for a new course - and it offers relief of all symptoms of all things (or almost all, at least, it having been proved that is almost 100% effective against ALL problems), and most especially in the IQs up to Dutch university-professorships of all kinds.

Speaking myself as a psychologist, I therefore much like to repeat that my most excellent friend the Dutch genius professor Jos van der Meer is, together with his partner and friend professor Gijs Bleijenberg, the absolutely perfect person to introduce The Full Powers of WHEEWHEE and Lying ProcessTM into ALL Dutch hospitals, to bring relief in the wink of an eye or within three days- and for absolutely everyone fit to pay, provided they are possessed of the necessary IQ and EQ (for if not, you will fail through your own excesses, alas).

Much recommended (for the cognitively challenged, to whom it will seem perfection)!

"Thank you so much for tapping with me!"

P.S. Actually I had also the beginning of a section "Philosophizing with the hammer", having to do with my recent meeting with a neurasthenic Nietzschean and great human minds and characters like those of the legal eagles Patricia Carter and Oerganix The Honest One, at present both in powerful positions in or on the ME-F forum, where neurasthenic Nietzscheans are allowed to play Bill Reeves; anti-semitic Dutch neurasthenic biddies are fondly embraced, and The Proud Fightress for her very life The Legal Eagle that calls herself Oerganix wrote:

We've investigated this complaint

[not by me, but to the effect that the neurasthenic Nietzschean very willing asshole of Bill Reeves has been spouting forth reams of Reevesian shit on ME-F, owned by Patricia Carter, who considers me unfit, racially as well as personally as well as mentally as well as morally, I suspect, for her very own ME-F list - MM]

and have found that the accusations against Eric were based on a misunderstanding; he was not claiming CFS to be a psychological illness.

This is of course why the neurasthenic Nietzschean started his diatribe thus:

I think CCC-defined CFS equals neurasthenia, and I think some non-CCC CFS cases are also the same disease. But I can't prove either, of course. I am not 100% confident about neurasthenia, rather much less than 100%. 70%?

and included such fine Nietzschean ideals like

Yeah seriously, men were men back then. The best part is where the hebrews take a whole city prisoner and execute everyone except the virgin girls, whom they took to wife. I think they first asked god or something, or at least a prophet, and he was like "yeah! don't be all inhibited, y'all."

with such firm affirmations of Eric's very own moral and human tastes, shared by everyone until 1800 (Buddha, Confucius, Aristotle, Lucretius, Jesus, Shakespeare, Galileo, Leibniz, Voltaire, Dr. Johnson, in short "Everyone" did, felt, desired and thought as Eric does and would):

Before 1800 there was rarely enough grain or arable land. Everyone behaved like that, dispatching women, children, unarmed men with some regularity - from Roma to New Guinea. We would act no different in that world, the alternative was to yield up not just yourself but your mother, wife, and daughter. Given that choice, no one thought twice.

Yet Oerganix The Firm Fightress for her own life, from a luxurious villa in Nicaragua, of considerable seniority herself, next to exquisite legal training, can not see anything wrong with Master Eric's prose. Clearly, our legal eagle means that neurasthenia is not a psychological illness, and definitely never heard of it, just like Master Johnson of Nazi-like expressions.

Very probably, to such a legalese mind, whether of The Great and Good Patricia - Owner Of ME-F, in whose House one is Guest, until kicked off for lacking a foreskin or verbally skinning a neurasthenic nazi - or of Oerganix the Nicaraguan ME-Fightress with such loyalties, the holocaust also never happened.

Well... let me make just three points here and now:

  1. Both at PR-F and ME-F precisely the same happened as happens in politics and religion so  very often, men and women being their ordinary usual selves:

    The worst characters, the loudest screamers, the most dishonest manipulators, the craftiest careerists, the cream of psychopaths without any moral norms, and the most willing liars and impostures have taken power, helped by the ever silent majority of the spineless, the brainless, the time-servers, and the conformists, and now abuse it for their own ends, interests or perversions: All too often the best ends and the highest ideals are abused by the worst characters for their self-aggrandizement.
  2. None of the leaders or administrators of any forum for patients with ME speaks or ever spoke for me, and I deny they have the right to speak for me or in the name of any patient with ME:

    They each and all lack the intellect, the morality, the knowledge and the human integrity to do so, and my own suspicion, after some 10 months of experience with these characters, is that the majority, if not utterly incompetent on all relevant dimensions, work in fact for or on behest of CAA, CDC, KCL or Radboud. (**)
  3. Since fate has delivered me the e-mail addresses of these legalistic leading ladies of ME-F, I plan to have a little, or perhaps a long, discussion with them on the subjects of my missing foreskin; the holocaust; Nazism and neurasthenia as defended, expounded nd applied on ME-F by one of the dearest members and researchers of that proud community; and what is proper, moral and rational to do, to say and to further when one acts as A Leader Of A Community Of Persons With ME.

    Since I doubt the ladies will dare, my facility with words making it so important that I get excluded from any access to persons with ME that the ladies can deny me access to, I have a nice strategy, also developed for my Dutch opponents:

    I will state their very own conclusions and positions for them, and then they can then deny them, on my site, and then will get my answers, In My Own Words, even: A foresight of great joy for quite a few, it seems, given the relative popularity of my site.

    Indeed, it may be expected to be a bit of harmless fun, and may contribute rather a lot to the deserved reputations of these so incompetently leading folks - whether on purpose or by natural deficit - in Our Awesome Community Of pwME.

Anything else on ME, you may ask?

As a matter of fact, yes - and I mention just two facts worthy of mentioning, and indeed reading:

  • Mindy Kitei published on July 20 a good overview of the many epidemy-like outbreaks of ME, that's useful to have, for it shows there is good evidence to support the idea that it is contagious: A Commotion in the Blood.
  • Suzy Chapman published yesterday a very fine Request for internal review: FOI responses Lightning Process pilot using ME and CFS children. (This may seem long and intricate to some, but then Ms. Chapman really can argue rationally. And it is not an unimportant subject, especially not when one considers its implications, for in the end there should be no unnecessary experiments of any kind on children, in any decent society, and Ms. Chapman is trying to bring about that there will not be, in England.)

So it is not true - in case you might have thought so - that nothing useful or interesting happens in ME-land, for it does.

It's just a pity, although human history shows this to be common, that - to repeat two principles I mentioned on July 20 -

“Leadership is nature's way of removing morons from the productive flow.”
    (The Dilbert Principle)

"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence."
    (The Peter Principle)

Indeed, it seems The Dilbert Principle can be sharpened in various ways:

“Leadership is nature's way of promoting and producing bastards.”
"Leadership is the natural ideal of the presumptuous nincompoop."
"Leadership is conmanship on a social scale."
"The weakest and the worst crave power most."
"All power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." (Lord Acton)
"The more corrupt, the better seeming."

What can be seen on the ME-forums is best explained by The Peter Principle, that can be supplemented in various ways:

"In a hierarchy, the incompetents and the conformists rise best."
"Ïn society, the best liars änd the best flatterers are the most popular."
"The world's problems stem for the most part from the messes in men's minds."
"Society is an insane asylum run by the inmates." (Ervin Goffman)
"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. The theory is plain enough; but they are prone to mischief, 'to every good work reprobate.'" (William Hazlitt)

P.P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

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:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

"Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

P.P.S. ME - Resources needs is a Work In Progress that hasn't progressed today.

(*) Actually, the quoted Medical Specialists spoke of the powers of EFT, but as you may have gleaned from my introduction to this Healing WellnessTM in ME + me :  Get your whee-whees cuddled...  the Master and Discoverer of WHEE , as he likes to humbly write himself, has explicitly insisted on the scientific fact that EFT is part of WHEE (namely the fourth). Therefore, I have put all this in the more comprehensive context of WHEE , aka WHEEWHEE in my pages, because of the incredible EmpowermentTM it brings to its devotees and WHEE Masters, Gurus, Trainers, Coaches, Therapists and Geniuses Worthy of Nobel Prizes (choose as semantically fits most conveniently for your ends).

(**) Before getting worn out by endless emails of the lesser gifted: This is a conditional statement, and actually I don't much care what is true.

When your surgeon cuts off your wrong leg, it doesn't matter much to you whether the explanation is that he is in fact an imposture who really is a butcher, or an alcoholic medical junkie since two decades, or that he did it just for fun, because you are not the proper colour or race - what matters most is that you have now no useful legs left. 

All I am saying is that, to my way of thinking, (1) the socalled - selfstyled! - leaderships of both forums are incompetent and know they are incompetent and should go, and hand over their positions to people who are honest and competent and (2) none of these lying clowns speak for me, or speak for any patient with ME other than themselves - and I doubt quite a few of them ever had ME, though most of them probably are fatigued regularly.

And having now had my missing foreskin thrown in my face on the day of the 65th Commemoration of World War II by careful contrivance on one ME-forum; and having been removed from another ME-forum because I have the courage and intellect to protest the Reevesian nazist lies of an apparent Reevesian rentboy, now completely exonerated and excused on that forum by Frau Ilse Koch Oerganix, she who claims to be "fighting for my life" from a luxurious villa in Nicaragua, I really am not going to mince words or politeness with a bunch of hypocrites, fools or liars.

Also, I want to understand why I have been so professionally exposed - it seems to me - to this level of sickening shit, which is new for me, though I have been many times called "a fascist" and indeed even "a terrorist" by sick degenerates who were trying to make a career by impostures, lies and old boys and gals networks for mutual promotion of the deceitful.

But these did not know of my personal background; did not know I was ill; and indeed were my political opponents for the most part, all totally unlike what happened on PR-F and ME-F, where I was more grossly and brutally verbally  abused, also by people who had taken the trouble to find out carefully before offending what I would feel as abuse, and who therefore did not even stoop at anti-semitism, while pretending to be ill themselves.

Well... this is a new level of personal shit and evident personal sadism in my life, and I do take it as a tribute to my talents, and will answer in kind: There are persons posing as patients who really want me shut up, by any means they think they can get away with. And they seem to have all the characteristics of professional sadists like Reeves and Wessely, except that they call themselves patients and pretend they are ill and are totally or almost anonymous.

OK then... I'll see what I can do to make you more famous, for the right sort of personal qualities also.

(***) Hereby declared Open Source for the eternal happiness of Mankind, with laugh.

Maarten Maartensz

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