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  May 29, 2012                  

Crisis:  Big Brother is watching you

 "You do not know the unfathomable cowardice of humanity... servile in the face of force, pitiless in the face of weakness, implacable before blunders, indulgent before crimes... and patient to the point of martyrdom before all the violences of bold despotism."
   (Niccolò Machiavelli)
"Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor."

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Let me take up the the theme of Crisis again, of which the last in the series, that runs on my site since September 2008, was on April 4 2012, with the not so optimistic title Crisis: The age of ignorance and degeneracy - but then that's what the times are like, and the foundations for that were laid one or two generations ago, and we are now living in the times these have come to fruition.

And there is more cause for serious worries: In the United States the outlines of a police-state seem to be in the making. Here are The Young Turks (<-Wikipedia link):

       Is The Government Spying On You? FISA continues
      (Youtube 6.15 min)

The brief answer is: Yes, and it is quite fightening. I quote from the website of The Young Turks:

"The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday approved the extension of legislation that authorized a sweeping warrantless wiretapping program started under the Bush Administration. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 gave the government broad powers to monitor international phone calls and emails, and granted legal immunity to telecommunication companies that had participated in the wiretapping program before 2008. The law was set to expire in 2012, but the Senate bill — passed by a 13-2 vote in the committee — would extend the law for another five years...Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) both opposed the extension of the law. The two senators had asked James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, to disclose the number of people whose communications were reviewed by government agents, and whether or not the law had been used to collect communications of law abiding Americans...".

What is even more frightening is that so few find this frightening, which also motivated my Machiavellian quote. You'll find The Prince on my site, with my remarks, and there is also the often downloaded Introduction to Politics, which is an annotated booklist of fine texts on the subject.

Then again, I wouldn want to leave you without some good cheer to the effect that, realistically considered, it has almost never been better:

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

nor without a simple diagrammatic representation of the mechanism that drives it presently, in outline:

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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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