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Jun 22, 2011           

The US economy + Annette Whittemore on Nevada News
And yet another brief Nederlog. Actually, I did upload more Bayle yesterday, but won't say more on the subject, today. In fact, I only have two links to videos and a brief note:

            1. Robert Reich explains the US economical crisis

            2. Annette Whittemore on Nevada Newsmakers
            3. Two years of fast internet

1. Reich explains the ongoing US economical crisis

Robert Reich was secretary for the economy under Clinton, and teaches the subject in Berkeley. Here is a video on The Young Turks (TYT) in which he explains in two minutes fifteen seconds the ongoing US economical crisis
Even briefer, the answer is: Because the rich have got richer.

TYT make some points too - and no, it could be worse than it is, and there are some signs of some improvements, but as I said before:

While the Western governments are cutting their budgets like crazy, as they are doing, so as to pay off the debts that the bankmanagers caused, and also use the chance to break down the institutions of the welfare state, and much besides (like Dutch orchestras, in Holland), there is a crisis going on, and it is not just economical but also political, and indeed moral and philosophical as well.

2. Annette Whittemore on Nevada Newsmakers

Here is the latest interview on video with Annette Whittemore. It is on Nevada Newsmakers:
It is well done, and there is some 14 minutes of it, that includes some commercials in the middle. If you want to skip the commercials in the beginning of the program, the interview starts after 3 minutes.

3. Two years of fast internet

While watching the last linked item, that is an interview of Annette Whittemore by Sam Shad, I realized I'd seen both first in October 2009, not long after getting fast internet, which happened two years ago. Until then, I surfed the internet with a slow and clunky telephone modem, and could not have seen them on my computer.

Just for the record: Having a fairly fast connection to the internet does make a large difference, in computing experience, to use that term, which I do use because I have been using PC's since 1986 (and indeed saw and used a very early Apple of a friend in 1980), and these are the major differences in the feel of working with computers, speaking just for myself:

- 1986: Personal computing is radically different from typing and reading
- 1995: Windows with graphical computing (no longer character-based, as in DOS)
- 1996: Internet, with a phone modem: slow but it works, a few times a day
- 2009: Internet, with ADSL: Fast access all day

The reason to write this out is mostly that these have been considerable changes in my experience and in what I can do, and indeed also in how it feels, that is, in what the experience - working with a computer - is like. In fact most of what I wrote and learned and saw on my screen since 2009 I would and could not have learned and seen without fast access: It would nearly all have passed me, as I probably would not have known of it, or if I had, I could have picked up only a very small part of it with a phone modem.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.

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

1.  Anthony Komarof Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of 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)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

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:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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