Feb 7, 2012
me+ME: Tuller + Behan + Kitei + Williams
1. David Tuller in the New York Times
David Tuller is an American journalist who has taken an interest in ME/CFS and its patients, who has written some really good articles about the disease and the problems surrounding it: His articles are informed, well researched and well written, neither of which these post-modern days can be taken for granted with journalists, not even in the New York Times, let alone all of these coming together.
His latest article is dated yesterday:
It is a good summary of events around ME/CFS, the WPI and dr Mikovits during the last months, and also has the merit of being balanced.
2. Professor Behan on the BBC
Professor Behan is a Scottish emeritus professor of neurology, who researched ME/CFS with his late wife, and wrote, with his wife, at least one very good report on the disease that I read.
There is a BBC interview with him, with a Scottish commenter and subtitles, that dr. Speedy linked on his site. Here is a link to the Youtube interview:
See also section 4 below: Either professor Behan is incompetent or dishonest, or professor Van der Meer is incompetent or dishonest, logically speaking.
3. Mindy Kitei on CFS Central
I have mentioned Ms Kitei and her blog several times in Nederlog. In December and January she wrote nothing on her blog, possibly being one of the fallout victims David Tuller wrote about, but since the beginning of this month she is back.
And as I have written (also) critically about Miss Kitei's opinions, e.g. here, from precisely 1 year ago: On a new Kitei Editorial + 百花齊放，百 家爭鳴 it is also true that - as I wrote a year ago - that "I do like 百花齊放，百家爭鳴 (= Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend) as a principle, for I am a liberal non-totalitarian man."
4. Margaret Williams on some Dutch incompetent liars
Margaret Williams wrote a lot of fine essays about ME/CFS, collaborating also with professor Malcolm Hooper. Now she is taking on two Dutch academic incompetents and liars, namely (I quote)
Ms Williams shows - very convincingly - that the quotation is simply false, and that its authors could and should have known better. The article is here:
I like it, but I am Dutch, and I make a distinction between Van Kuppeveld and Van der Meer:
Van Kuppeveld is a virologist who is a younger academic colleague of Van der Meer, at the same university. He may be honest and very probably is being "a good colleague" - which is a virtue very much insisted upon amongst Dutch bureaucrats, and all scientists employed in Dutch universities with tenure are in fact bureaucrats of the state or of a municipality (or both). Readers of Dutch can find considerable - satirical - enlightenment in the following link, including very sound and informed advice about how to become a rich Dutch top bureaucrat: Hoe word ik een Nederlands Topambtenaar?
So it's not at all
impossible that Van Kuppeveld, in his own
personal perspective, merely is helping out a senior colleague, and
accepting both his theories and his blood samples - which indeed also
is much in the interests of his personal career, and which makes it
likely he will have to rely on Van der Meer's medical opinions: See the
Nederlogs I wrote about another (former) Dutch colleague of Van
Kuppeveld and Van der Meer,
Van der Meer I have tried to reach personally, in the previous century, with a very clear and polite personal letter about the ME/CFS of myself and my ex-wife, that was never answered, because professor Van der Meer, who has a face that seems to show he drank about 100,000 times as much alcohol in his life as I did in mine, seems not to care for ill people, but only for his personal career, incidentally a dangerous moral, financial and medical syndrome that struck quite a few other - nominally - medical folks: "It's all about the money, stupid!", and indeed may be the real motive for rather a lot of them, whatever their public pretensions about morals, ideals, and their own excellence and honesty. (Personally, I don't mind much - if they are honest, competent and fair.)
Also, Van der Meer is around my age, and therefore was educated in the same sort of sick and degenerate Dutch universities as I was, through which almost anyone could pass and end with some sort of academic degree (*), and indeed he seems to have been educated (or "educated") at the Karl Marx University of Nijmegen, which is what the Radboud University was known as when Van der Meer studied there: It was then a formerly Catholic University that had been turned into a fanatic neo-marxist one, where all real science was much frowned upon as "bourgeois" and "imperialist" and generally very reprehensible and hardly worthy of any support, while persons like Jos van der Meer do not have the guts, the morals or the intellect to dare to protest such things, and indeed I agree that not protesting such things make it much easier to find academic tenure in Holland, just as it was under Stalin. And I never heard him protest anything about the decline of the universities he profited from and taught in, while he went to similar blighted and politicized universities as I did, at the same time, in the same country, and he made a career, while I was thrown out of the faculty of philosophy, and denied the right of taking an M.A. in that or a Ph.D. in psychology.
Indeed, professor Van der Meer seems to me a typical Dutch academic careerist medical mandarin, as I described them in 1989 - and I quote from my Mandarins with an IQ of 115, now 23 years ago, when I predicted:
And since I have been quoting myself, here is another one, from 2010, where I articulate my notion that what professor Van der Meer tries to sell to patients is the equivalent of the Phil Parkerite Lying ProcessTM - for which see e.g. my also satirical Get your whee-whees cuddled... and Of Bees, of Johnson, of Brain Tapping and more.
Anyway... I could quote more, but skip it for now, though I will return to the qualities of Van der Meer. For the moment, I just give some references:
More later, on this typical Dutch pseudoscientific mandarin - but as I hope to have shown, Van der Meers and Bleijenberg don't arise out of nothing or by their own powers of mind or character: They arise from a fundamentally corrupt university climate, where for decades the politically conformists were promoted, real science repressed, and everything was treated as if it was a political and a moral subject, and nothing else.
And only in such a climate can persons "gifted" as Van der Meer and Bleijenberg are, rise to the rank of being a professor: In more civilized countries, persons like these would never even get into a university, for lacking the required talents and motives.
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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