Nov 27, 2011
me+ME: Varia - crisis, sickness, ERV
1. Crisis and craptalking morons as leading politicians
This could have been an item of its own, in the crisis series, but for the moment I leave it here.
As I've said before in Nederlog, I don't have a TV since 1970, and indeed have seen very little TV since then, simply because almost every time I saw TV I found it very stupid. (Yes, I know this is not invariably so. Even so, it's not made for me, and most of it is plainly directed at persons of very average education and brainpower. If I thought it worth the trouble, I'd have TV: It's not that I have a moral or religious argument against it, although I do believe it tends to be stupefying. It's simply that I find it stupid and boring for the most part.)
Anyway... I have now since about 2 years fairly fast internet that enables my watching Youtube, and that means I know a little more about the daily cultural, artistic and political fare most Westerners consume by the bucketful, each day, for several hours, as if human life exists to evolve a better type of couch potato, and so I learned some more, especially about the US.
Indeed, as I have mentioned, I like George Carlin, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart and The Young Turks, and I have seen and heard quite a few US politicians, which is an experience that doesn't contribute to my faith in mankind, or indeed womankind, and leaves me rather worried about the still ongoing economical crisis.
I suppose I am one of the many who has been rather or sorely disappointed by president Obama, indeed also as a speaker and debater, for there are far better ones, but then I still think that, unlike his predecessor, he is a well educated and intelligent man, who may mean well.
However... if you want to totally loose any faith in mankind, womankind or the US, all you need - provided you're not the sort of moron the following folks built their careers on - is a few doses of GOP candidates should suffice: There was Sarah Palin, indeed a class 5 moron, to quote Bill Maher, completely ignorant as regards elementary geography or knowledge of international politics or her own US constitution, but then she seems a bright light compared to Rick Perry (can't learn lists of more than two items); Herman Cain (seems not to know anything, not even that China has atomic weapons since the 1960ies, except how to force dependents to give him sex, if the US news can be believed); and - check it out: 22 seconds! - Michelle Bachmann, a Christian religious nut who also declaims, as if the Bible and God prescribe it, literally: "If anyone will not work, neither should he eat".
She is a goat, clearly, or so the dear Lord told her himself, but then she probably only pretended having read the Bible. As the Lord says to Michelle:
Proof of Ms Bachmann's very goaty qualities, at least according to The Book Of Books (King James version, Matthew 25:)
I rest my case (*) - but if this manner of people, I mean Bachmann, Palin, Cain, Perry, is judged fit by their party to go into the race for becoming the president of the United States ?!?!, some things have gone very wrong, especially if these folks get a sizable chunk of the popular vote, which alas they do.
Sickening and depressing shit
Right you are, Terrylin! It is indecent and malicious - and the same indecent and malicious person surely lacks the courage to sign his or her real name and address to his or her sick prose.
3. An argument for ERV
On a possibly more pleasant note:
I have repeatedly said that I like Abbie Smith's ERV-blog, which I hadn't seriously looked at until October of this year, simply because - unlike scores of patients with ME, apparently almost all without any scientific competence - I know I am not competent in virology, and tend to believe anyway that one should leave real scientists to do their own thing (which includes criticizing each other's stuff, but on the basis of relevant knowledge, rather than on some personal interest in a specific outcome, if done in a rational and scientific spirit).
Anyway, Ms Smith was virtually unknown to me until two months ago, since when I read part of her blog, which I like. Today I did something else I did not do before: I looked up a video of hers, in which she appears speaking, indeed lecturing the audience at
The Oklahoma Free Thought Convention 2011 (Youtube, 41:47)
She is lecturing to a lay audience on virology and immunology, and she does it well. (And I am a free thought and free speech person, which is why I looked at this video, although it is not itself about free thought and free speech.)
And - she could easily be my daughter, age-wise, and my ex and I fell ill before she was born - since she is not only a smart but also an attractive young woman, I thought I'd mention that aspect of her, so that those in dire need of a female saint may compare Ms Smith's intellect and charms with those of St. Judy, the somewhat fallen saint of Our Community Of pwME, as the phrase is.
Maybe the comparison is not quite fair, but then most men, like most women, are not very smart, and are easily swayed by looks.
Also, it's an interesting talk - and, speaking of saintliness, Ms. Smith also did not steal any lab books.
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
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.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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