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  May 18, 2012                  

Varia: Linux + DSM-5 + Carlin + Phoenix + logical philosophy

"If we believe absurdities,         
  we shall commit atrocities."    

I am around. The reason I wasn't writing for my sites is that I was otherwise occupied, as explained by item 1:

1. Linux.Ubuntu

The main reason I have not been writing for my site the last couple of days is that, as I explained in the last Nederlog, I have installed Ubuntu on my new computer, which is a Linux distribution - and in case you missed it "Linux.Ubuntu" is a form of object-oriented programming notation that is meant to convey that what's to the right of the dot is an instance or extension of what is to the left of the dot.

As I said, I like it a lot, because I think this is how computing should be done, in the interests of civilization and education, as free open source, and apart from that Ubuntu is pleasant to work with, logical and intuitive, and clearly more safe and more capable than the MS Windows OS ("OS" = "Operating System").

But there is rather a lot I want to know about Linux that I don't know as yet, and besides, since I am more productive in it than in Windows, I also set out on some things that take time and involve rather a lot of boring grunt work, such as preparing The Notes for my site - which is currently 30 MB of html and ascii of my philosophical and logical notebooks from 1989-2012, while there also is at least 10 MB more, but typed or handwritten, from 1970-1988.

More on this in sections 4 and 5, but the general conclusion is that it is likely I ill write less in Nederlog, at least about ME/CFS), and possibly also about other things: It seems to make no difference in my own situation, and it seems to please few (though I am still read each day for several days, and have rather a lot of visitors for my whole site, that is about much more than ME/CFS), and indeed it is not aimed at ordinary men, for which see also section 3.

In that case, such a rare one as I am is better occupied doing real philosophy.

2. DSM-5

I will write more about the DSM-5, because I have the right kind of education and the experiences to do it, and because it sickens me, though I will probably not be endangered by it because I am meanwhile too old, and my own situation with ME in Amsterdam is radically different from anybody else who ever has had ME. (Really! If you do not read Dutch, and know rather a lot about Holland's history the last 72 years, it is very difficult to understand how different, but I did write e.g. my Spiegeloog-columns with ME/CFS, and was removed from the University of Amsterdam with ME/CFS because I asked these 39 questions.)

But I think I finally got fairly clear what has happened with the DSMs; how this was possible; and what should be done about it, and I intend to write this out, as I intend to write out my answers to "The six most essential questions in psychiatry", of which you find my treatment of Question 1 under the last link. (Be warned that it is over 500 Kb of text, for I think with a pseudoscience like psychiatry is one is forced to take up all points, evasions, deceptions, tricks and fallacies to make it definitely clear what a lot of dishonest rot it is).

Also, I intend to take up some discussions initiated by Dr Frances article in the opinion pages of the New York Times, entitled "Diagnosing the D.S.M.", that I also wrote about here, in a Nederlog that was very often read and downloaded, that specifically concern the issue that is formulated in the NYT internet-title of the article, viz. "break-up-psychiatric monopoly.html": How to go about it, and how should the government be (not) involved, and why?

I certainly do have some clear answers to these questions, that I also so far have not seen at all or not quite in others who took up Dr Frances opinion piece.

3. Carlin on the state of the US

As I have repeatedly said, I like the late US comedian George Carlin, who died in 2008, and - I have no TV since 1970 - whose existence was not known to me until 2010.

My main reasons to like him is that he is one of the few men I consider intelligent; one of the few men I consider courageous; and one of the very few men who dared to speak the truth as he saw it, and who saw sharply and spoke wittily.

Here is a link to piece of stand-up comedy that seems to be from the last year of his life, that is entitled on Youtube "You are a slave" and is a comical rant about a series of very serious and frightening facts. You find the video under the last link, and you find the text here, indented:

But there's a reason. There's a reason. There is a reason for this. There is a reason that education sucks, and that it will never ever ever be fixed. It is never going to be any better. Don't look for it. Be happy with what you've got. Because the owners of this country don't want that. I'm talking about the real owners now, the big wealthy businessmen who control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They have long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the State Houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies so they can control just about all the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else. But I'll tell you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don't want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They are not interested in that. That  doesn't help them. That's against their interests. That's right. They don't want people smart enough to sit around the kitchen table and figure out how badly they're getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard, thirty fucking years ago. They don't want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers. People who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paper work and just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime, and the vanishing pension that disappears the minute you're going to collect it it. And now they're coming for your social security money. They want your fucking retirement money. They want it back, so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And you know something? They'll get it. They'll get it all from you, sooner or later. Cause they own this fucking place. It's a big club and you ain't in it. You and I are not in the big club. By the way it is the same club that used to beat you over the head all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head in their media, telling you what to believe, and what to think, and what to buy. The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard working people, white collar, blue collar, it doesn't matter what color shirt you have on, good honest hard working people continue - these are people of modest means - continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don't give a fuck about them. They don't give a fuck about you; they don't give a fuck about you: they don't care about you. At all. At all. At all. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That's what the owners count on: The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white an d blue dick that's being jammed into their assholes every day. Because the owners of this country know the truth. It's called "The American Dream", cause you have to be asleep to believe it.

As I said, it is a comical rant, by which I mean that it is best understood on a metaphorical and not a literal level, but with that qualification most of it makes a lot of sense:

There is a ruling Úlite, that combines the governing elite and the corporate elite; it does own most of the US and all the big companies; its executives in the media rule the opinions of ordinary men and women in the US; there is not much of a real difference between Democrats and Republicans in policies, for US politicians are bought and owned by the ruling Úlite and function as their sock puppets, and it is likely things will go much worse before they ever get better, mostly because those in power are corrupt or incompetent, and want it the way things are going now, with the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, while a police state is in the making to repress any protest, and because the solid majority of the electorate is stupid and can be deceived all of the time.

Indeed, from my point of view - and see my series Crisis - there are three possible outcomes: An economical and social collapse, possibly Real Soon Now, if Greece and Spain collapse, and then Europe; an authoritarian police-state, with or without collapse; or competent crisis management back to a regulated economical system and a relatively free society as was broken down from Reagan onwards.

As it is, the two first possibilities are far more likely than the third (for: Where are all the competent non-corrupt politicians? Is there any? Why is Guantanamo still open? Why is the US Constitution destroyed?), and indeed if the choice is between a total collapse and a police state, I prefer a total social collapse if only because the technology now exists to maintain a police state indefinitely. (I have no stock in either option, as I will very soon die under either variant: I am only articulating what seem to me the rational probabilities.)

Anyway... that's another conclusion I have come to: Things will grow a lot worse socially and economically before they get any better, and it is much better if one like me, also given my serious health problems, writes philosophy rather than spend time on the majority of ordinary men and women, or on the psychopaths and liars that lead them.

And as I have said before, as I see it THE basic human problem is the lack of intelligence of the great majority:

   - A realistic numerical look at human morality + 12 references
   - The human (all too human) tragi-comedy
   - The ideological ape
   - Yahooism & democracy

But then again, I am effectively speaking to 1 in 10.000, and in a democracy where clever political psychopaths can exploit and deceive the electorate forever, that will not make any practical difference. The degenerates are in power with the help of the majority of morons: Human history in 13 words, with few exceptions, and the reason why

                        "History is little else but the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind."

                        "Presque toute l'Histoire n'est qu'une suite d'horreurs."

4. Phoenix & me

It's the same at the Phoenix-forums, and as I still can't follow them properly, I won't - it was a waste of time, for it doesn't work, or works only in the illusions of the majority of the totally ungifted who set the tone and contents of that forum (that is not all bad, but has incompetent leaders, immoral and degenerate moderators, and some sadists who are protected by the moderators as long as they sing their tunes, as a matter of course: I live in democratic times, where it is mostly the psychopaths who prosper, namely by deceiving the masses). 

I don't think Phoenix Rising will help patients with ME/CFS in any systematic way, but I do believe it will increase the well-being of its owner, its moderators (the enforcers of the owner) and the makers of XenForo Ltd. that make the software for it, so indeed it is a microcosm and analog of the society it functions in, and works by the same principles, worked by the same kinds and classes of persons, for which see the previous section.

Incidentally: If others are discriminated in the same way as I am - presently, because the "What's New" section links non-members to the beginning of a section instead of to the last post - everybody interested in the Phoenix forums is tricked and deceived by its owner, namely to give him more followers, to give him more power, to give him more status, at the cost of at least 10 people I could name who are intellectually more capable, morally more courageous, and at the cost of many persons with ME/CFS who could be hugely benefited by a forum led by competent and honest persons.

But in the sort of society I live in that is a rare, almost miraculous event: Competent and honest persons allowed to take the social lead.

The effective discrimination of non-members still may be incompetence, or some quirky thing in my browsers, my computers and my OSs, but it seems less and less likely, and if I am right it has been intentionally contrived, it is a sickeningly immoral way to advance yourself by making things much more difficult for ill people or for curious folks, such as journalists or medical doctors.

In any case: I will try to do far more philosophy, and will write far less about ME/CFS, and if from next year onwards the population on various ME-forums get decimated as people with ME are forced to work, forced out of the dole, forced into suicide, all the while being told in the name of Wesselyan pseudoscience that they are insane - excuse me: have dysfunctional belief systems, legally meaning just the same: professor Wessely can section you, on the strength of his word and degree, while smiling like a villain - I will refer them to Bob, Mark, Cort, Patricia and V99: There are the leaders of your "community": It will be their work as much as Wessely's, for they have hunted away anybody with better brains, better style, better morals or a better education than they have from their forums, so once it rains victims, ordinary people with ME should go thank them kindly: They served Wessely, Reeves and their kind very well.

I trust these leaders will be spared and rewarded, if indeed they really are ill, for that is the ordinary way of the world, especially now.

5. Philosophy, logic and computing

I for my part will try to do more philosophy, logic and computing, notably by uploading more philosophy, such as The Notes I spoke of in section 1. I have been seriously compared to Peirce by people who know me - professors, which is rather bitter for me, because I have been ill since age 28 and never got any help for being ill, while receiving great amounts of personal discrimination for being more intelligent, more honest, and more courageous than those I am forced to live amongst, for lack of health or money to escape this sick country and city, for which reason I have not been able to function on more than 70% or so of my intellectual capacity at best, since I was 28, 34 years ago, and usually at far less.

Even so, I do not know of any website like my own; I do not know of any Dutchman who did or dared what I did and dared; and the only Dutchman with my kind of background - father, mother and grandfather in the resistance against the Nazis, father and grandfather punished as "political terrorists" to concentration-camps, where my grandfather was murdered - is my brother, who is so lucky as to not have had to live, and to contribute in taxes, in the Narko-Nazi Netherlands, since decades now, unlike my unfortunate self.

Therefore, I have concluded that my - large - personal deviances from the norm are very probably genetic, as they certainly aren't willled, or as little as I willed that I am 1.95 meters tall, and indeed it is a fact that nearly all Dutchmen collaborated with the Nazis in WW-II, as it is a fact there were six times more Dutchmen fighting with - just - the Waffen-SS in World War II then there were members in the Resistance. Many more Dutchmen actively collaborated with the Nazis: Nearly all policemen, nearly all bureaucrats, nearly all aldermen, all judges but one, who wasn't "Aryan", a.s.o.

Then again, if I say or write such things folks gather around me to scream  at me that I am a fascist and a terrorist for saying these things (*), and combine to get me from forums I say them on, where that happens with choice bits of what seems to me anti-semitism, but indeed it is true that I am an atheist, so probably Phoenix's owner thinks that therefore it is allowed against me.

Excuses were never made, so after 2 years I have concluded it was all done quite intentionally to remove me: Others are allowed to say far worse things, and are not even sanctioned, ever. But then these others have no large sites, have no degrees in psychology and philosophy, and don't have my intelligence, at all: If all these things are true of you, then you are very welcome on patients forums! 

In contrast, anybody who is or may be a threat to the leaders of patients forums - not at all just me: I have seen it done several times to others, always in the same way - are ganged up as a fox is by pack of hounds directed by their owners, when also anything in the way of verbal filth is actively protected by the moderators, all while the lone, intelligent, benevolent person who tries to bring some reason to these forums of brainfogged ill-educated regularly hardly sane patients, "patients" and trolls gets shat and vomited upon by hordes of morons, who also believe they are doing Good by persecuting anybody who stands out as an independent individual.

The intelligent and benevolent (ex-)members of forums I have seen destroyed by the people they were honestly and rationally trying to help, may have received a fine initiation in how it must have felt to be a Jew, a Communist or a Socialist in Hitler's Germany. It is all the same manner of groupthinking, indeed also rewarded by the right to be an anonymous bully as long as one is bullying for the leaders.

So I return to my way of life from 1978-2009, when I paid relatively little attention to ME/CFS (as you can see, if you read Dutch, from the indexes of Nederlog from 2004-2008) because I was (and am) convinced it is a serious physical disease that should be unraveled and explained by medical or biochemical people, and that I would read about it in the media, if and when this happened, and that till then I was condemned to coping and surviving as well as I could, and should be mostly engaged on what I am best at, which is philosophy, in the realist and analytic traditions, and related matters.

I still think so, except that I have meanwhile learned, first through the sick pseudoscientific antics of professors Wessely, Reeves and Bleijenberg, and later through the equally sick equally pseudo-scientific antics of the American Psychiatric Association, aka the APA, that the chances are considerable that much of medicine will be destroyed the coming years, through the manipulations of the APA, who are trying to oust real medicine from being practiced - except for the rich, of course - and who are out to declare anybody insane whose behavior or opinions they dislike or that the government dislikes.

Then again, they may be stopped, or the whole Western economical system, that is now for four successive years in crisis, all while those who caused the crisis still are rewarded by millions each year and by huge tax cuts, and the poor and middle class are forced to pay of the trillions in debts, may collapse.

I don't know, except that I cannot do anyhing about it, nor can I do anything about the chances of ordinary men and women with ME/CFS.

(*) From 1970-1995 the UvA was run like a Soviet system by card carrying members from Dutch Labour and the Dutch Communist Party, who were in it for the same reason as Stalin's henchmen: For personal enrichment and personal advancement. Anybody who deviated from the politically correct opinions, which turned around "Everybody knows truth does not exist", "Everybody knows all human beings are of equal value", and "Everybody knows all morals are totally relative", was openly decried as "a fascist", or worse. Hardly anybody protested. I did. I was the only one to be removed from a Dutch university since WW II for reason of my opinions; my complaints were never as much as answered by the fascist terrorists of the Dutch Narko-Nazi Party (that calls itself "Labour"), who still lead it in person, as they did then, when they stole tens of millions from its accounts, since this was not even administrated as the Dutch laws require.

Hardly any Dutchman cared, just as hardly any Dutchman cared that through Holland hundreds of billions of illegal drugs have been distributed throughout Europe with the personal protection of the mayors of Amsterdam and later other places, who have been allowed for over 40 years to allow the dealing in drugs with their personal signature, in spite of the fact that drugs are forbidden - which created more than 40 years of paradisical possibilities for self-enrichment for Dutch drugsmafiosi and Dutch mayors and aldermen.

The Dutch don't care, because of the dominant Dutch value, since slave-shipping times (which is as recent as 1865, in Holland): To be normal and collaborate is the essence of being good, according to Dutch morality; not to be normal or not to collaborate with the authorities is the essence of moral depravity. (See: Group-thinking.)

Corrections, if any are necessary, 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 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 understa, but nds 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.

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