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  May 27, 2012                  

me+ME: DSM-5 + Linux

"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. The theory is plain enough; but they are prone to mischief, "to every good work reprobate.""
(Hazlitt, On the pleasure of hating(*)

Yesterday I wrote about Ubuntu, that I am now using as my favourite OS (Operating System) and today there is a little more, mostly references and a little more comparing of Windows and Linux.

But I start with an excellent piece about the DSM-5 by Suzy Chapman, on her site

Dx Revision Watch

that is about the DSM-5 (and that was called 'DSM5watch' until the APA tried to SLAPP her into submission), and is much better than the APA has on offer,  which is understandable, since the APA is a professional organization for fraudulence in the name of science.

I will arrive at that diagnosis later, but not today, but that is what it is, given  the evidence I have now about the genesis of the DSM-III, that was based on the thoroughly mad or thoroughly bad notion - make up your own mind, and it may have been both - that one can diagnose  people as 'mentally ill' on the basis of no theory whatsoever, and in fact only on the basis of the prejudices and professional, personal and financial interests of the frauds making the diagnoses, that have been collected in a book, that the frauds claim to be real science.

This is in fact worse than the Freudianism it replaced 'in the name of science', simply because there is no rational diagnosis and there is no rational judgment about anything whatsoever without some theory - provisional, perhaps; tentative, often; not certain, nearly always - to base one's judgments on.

For Freud had a theory - a wacky one, a false one, one that was not really testable at all - but a theory: It was left to the 'genius' of Dr Bob Spitzer to convince the APA, the public, and the courts that his sort of degreed person could confidently pronounce on the (in)sanity of anyone, and perhaps have them locked up for life, on the basis of nothing whatsoever, but 'in the name of science', for that is the innovation the 'genius' of Dr Bob Spitzer brought to psychiatry: All it needs is the authority of a medical degree to get one's wacky bullshit accepted by the public and the courts, simply because a choir of shrinks maintains that 'Trust Us! This is Science!' - while in fact it is bullshit and pseudoscience that they crafted themselves to enrich themselves, in just the same sort of mode as the Borgia-pope and his son were honest Catholics, which also is the way and the morality of witch-doctors and quacks: fraud, cheats, liars, who were into it  because of the money and the social power, and who could do so because of Barnum's insight:

    There's a sucker born every minute

- anyway the bitter truth behind the successes of marketing, religion, and politics, and much better able to explain Freudianism and modern psychiatry than these are able, or at least willing, to explain themselves: They're in it for the money, and they don't mind lying at all, if that is profitable.

Barnum's insight - much older than Barnum - also is the truth that enabled the Borgia-popes and the rise of psychiatry and the ever flourishing other branches of quackery and medical pseudo- science, that are all created and maintained by frauds, charlatans and conmen, just as is religion (of everyone but the anointed ones of your personal religion, of course):

The Borgias did it the same way postmodernist psychiatrists do it: They showed their degrees; they praised their own good intentions and noble deeds fulsomely and wherever and whenever they could; their peers praised them, and they praised their peers;  naive members of the public claimed to be saved by them; their own professional brothers and sisters constantly appealed to the morality they were upholding, they claimed, to justify anything whatsoever, including feeding strong drugs to small children, and forcing the ill to work, and whoever protested risked being torn apart by the inquisition, or risks being locked up for life for 'dysfunctional belief systems'.

More of this later. Ms Suzy Chapman has written a fine article about the many shortcomings of what is currently called the SSD, and which may be used to drive every ill person - who is not rich, to be sure - including those with admitted and well-known real diseases, to suicide, which will then save the state much money, which is very much needed to pay bankmanagers these days. The simple expedient consists in declaring the ill to unwilling to work,  forcing them to work, and then kicking them out of their homes into a cardboard box to die if they can't pay the rent because their dole was terminated or minimized, because they really are ill, while the notoriously honest, intelligent and benevolent likes of professor Wessely, a professor White and a professor Sharpe (the last a member of the DSM-5 teams) publicly swear, smiling like villains, that in their very learned opinion one is a heretic, excuse me, a malingerer, excuse me,  a dysfunctional believer, who ought to be forced to work 'in their own interests'.

Here are the title and a link to Suzy Chapman's excellent argument:

      Somatic Symptom Disorder could capture millions
       under mental health diagnosis

And here is a repeat of the link that makes this son and grandson of people convicted to concentration-camps by the Nazis think of Nazi-science: It is an utterly sick and morally degenerate idea, and any organization that furthers this ought to be forbidden as a terrorist organization.

Now onto the good things of life, having dealt with the bad and corrupt:

I have yesterday provided good links to information about Ubuntu, but forgot two. First, there is this, in pdf:

       Ubuntu Pocket Guide and reference

This is the electronic copy of a paper book about Ubuntu 8 ('and later') by Keir Harding, from 2009, made kindly available to the public for free. I found it well-written, clear and useful, even though some of the information does not apply to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

And here is another review on Youtube:

       Twenty-minute review of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

This is by a young student of the more geekish variety (like I was, 40+ years ago), and I provide a link because this is a good review that also may help people just starting with Ubuntu (and no: you need not work with the desktop as presented in the video: everything can be tweaked in many ways).

Finally, a note on Linuxy prose, that may help non-technical people not to get scared:

I suppose I am myself a geek and a nerd, and I also happen to like mathematics and to be good at algebra. Even so, and while I wrote my first computer-program in 1972, I was not at all pleased with earlier meetings with Linux and Linuxy prose, as you can read here in a brief history of my many disappointments with Linux ca. 2000:

       On Linux - October 2000

I told it then as it was then, and this year I found more extremely nerdy stuff related to Linux, with people telling you in severe, serious, commanding prose that you must learn this, and must learn that, and cannot do without the Bourne Again Shell, and that all you need is to get things done is 'to mount it on hda1 and compile it with the GNU compiler, in C++, and then only sprinkle some Perl-scripts over that, perhaps after inserting a little assembly...'

Well, my life is too short for that, and so is yours, probably, though I do not want to keep those really called to do difficult coding things from indulging their passion.

The point is that none of this is needed anymore to run Linux: As I found it it all works out of the box, without any obscure arcana of any kind. If you want them, you can get them, but you can run Linux without knowing any more about it than you do about Windows.


(*) This - the last quoted bit, at any rate - is Protestant theology,
but that does not mean  it is necessarily false: I agree with the
Protestants, indeed with the Christians, that man is a flawed creature,
and that Hazlitt summarized well what it comes down to, in practice.

Incidentally, since I am at it, here is '
The theory' that 'is plain enough'
in the words of another favourite author of mine:

''Enjoy and give pleasure, without doing harm to yourself or to anyone else -
that, I think, is the whole of morality.

And the reason this does not succeed are stupidity, egoism and groupthinking.

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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