March 14, 2011


More Hazlitt - 3 + a note on Google

To continue about Hazlitt, also with a quite irritated note abput the very irritating Google:

  • Of Hazlitt's Political Essays - see the TOC - I have done the first 16


However... it is both quite hard going due to the incredible mess made of the text-files amd the very irritating Google pdf files, for which also see my

I quote myself from that last piece, with bolding added

So I downloaded it, found that it is essentially a photographic reproduction of the book's front, back and inside pages, reasonably well done and useful, except for the facts that (i) one doesn't have the text but pictures of it (so there is no easy textual copying) and that (ii) Google has imposed itself on EVERY page by adding to the end of each page at the righthand side this:

And yes, it's a bit vague, but it definitely is there, again and again and again at every page, and I think it is intrusive, irritating, and also appears far too much like a - much swathed, tacit, actually judicial - sort of (implicit, future, partial) ownership claim by Google.

To illustrate how difficult it may be to restore what Hazlitt wrote, here is a page from the txt version for the Political Essays:

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of the godde^9, or the st^rampet, Reaispn, Xfor y^ith him they arp
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If you want to see what it means: last part of page 56. So it's not easy, and there are many pages like this in the Google version of Hazlitt's Political Essays, made without any care or interest, and so far as I can see to improve Google's value on the stock exchange and to have a sort of copyright in place.

Also, I am mordicus against seeing the damnded Google logo on each and every page of something they scanned without any care or concern: REMOVE THE GOOGLE LOGO - IT IS SICKENING.

Hazlitt did not work for Google, nor did other authors, and it is cheap sickening desecration to find the damned Google logo on every page of any book they chose to appropriate in this way.

If this is a genuine service for the public, this logo must go; as long as it is there, all this scanning can only be explained as an attempt to get a sort of monopoly on what should be freely available without additions or changes of the original.

If a living author wants his books published electronically with the damned Google-logo on each and every page, let him or her say so, make a deal, and gloriate in it: HANDS OFF CLASSICAL TEXTS.

Finally, as to Google's edition: From the Political Essays at least one page in the first 100 are missing in the pdf; from AN ESSAY ON THE PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ACTION so far pages 32 and 33 are missing in the pdf.

In brief: Each reproduction I have seen that Google made had missing pages; one had a very creepy picture; all desecrated each and every page with the disgusting Google-logo.

And converting a classical text to useful html takes 25 times more boring work that Google should have done - at least, if it is good to do what is worth doing while doing it well.

As it is, I'd rather that Google stopped, and at least starts removing all these damned logos, except perhaps on the opening page. It's a barbarous way of treating classical texts.

P.S. Any corrections of typos have to be made later.

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

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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