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  May 30, 2012                  
     

Varia: DSM-5 + philosophy + quotations + Ubuntu + mB12 

 
 ''Great men are true men, the men in whom nature has succeeded. They are not extraordinary - they are in the true order. It is the other species of men who are not what they ought to be.''
   (Amiel)

This is a short Nederlog with various subjects briefly treated:

       1. DSM-5 still objectionable
       2. Philosophy refreshed
       3. Quotations refreshed
       4. Ubuntu niceties
       5. mB12-protocol

1. DSM-5 still objectionable

The 'still objectionable' in my title is not intended to suggest that it could not be, or might be made not to be (as dr Frances still seems to believe), but simply that 'the public', that is, you, me, dr Frances and everyone else who is not a psychiatrist in a secret DSM-5 committee, is graciously allowed to object to it until June 15, 2012.

There is more information about it on Ms Chapman's site:

       Dx Revision Watch

where you also find a call to object by an ME-patient or advocate, and some files with financial details about the American Psychiatric Association, that is not doing well, and deservedly so.

In fact, in so far as I can see from this article by Dr Frances in The Huffington Post

      DSM-5 Costs $25 Million, Putting APA in a Financial Hole

it seems that the DSM-5 cost the APA (American Psychiatric Association) FIVE times as much as the DSM-IV - and that did do the field tests that were required by themselves, unlike the DSM-5.

It is good news in so far as I am concerned, since the bullshit I've read from the APA have turned me in an opponent of the organization and their craft - but if I were a trustee from the APA I would probably think (having worked in a bank, myself, long ago) that the DSM-5 committees have committed financial fraud: I'd really want a good lawyer have a talk with the gentlemen who head the DSM-5 and ask them what they did with all that money.

Incidentally, here is a relevant bit from my submission to the  APA of nearly a year ago. The first is a DSM-5ś committee's prose; the part in blue my question about it:

In December 2008, a 4-hour meeting was held in San Diego, attended by nine participants with significant clinical, research and/or forensic experience on this topic. Additional input was solicited from an additional six experts via telephone or email.

I am sorry, but this sounds like a holiday-with-excursions  for a group of housewives. What's the point of listing the duration and the time of the meeting?
Were the food and swimming, the dining and the lapdancers also OK, in San Diego?

Did they really spend twenty million dollars on well-trained lapdancers, inbetween the meetings? I'd really want to know, if my organization were to pay the bill. But then maybe the APA doesn't want to know.

Whatever the explanation, that can't be flattering for the APA whatever the real reason, for me it is once again a reason to insist that other people than the APA should make a better DSM.

2. Philosophy refreshed

Having a better OS since I use Linux.Ubuntu, it is easier to get things done, and I took the chance of refreshing the opening pages of the philosophers in my philosophy section, where you find texts of over 24 mostly classical philosophers, often with my extensive comments, that tend to be as long as the works commented upon, though this also includes extensive quotes in my comments, meant to make these more readable and clear. My Leibniz-section is a good example, also praised by others.

I do not know of anything like it by anyone else - which is a shame, and not honest on the part of the thousands of academically tenured philosophers, in my opinion: The least a real philosopher should do, in this day and age, having hypertextual means to do so, is to provide his own extensive comments on the classical philosophers, so that one can know he has read them and can know what he thinks about them.

The reason the academically tenured philosophers do not do so must be that they have tenure, and that they fear being found out: Nearly all academic philosophy is done by folks specializing on some philosopher or subject, who also do not write about anything else, and indeed in my experience very often do not know much beyond the narrow bounds of their academic speciality within an academic speciality, though there are a few exceptions.

Anyway... I think my comments generally are good and contain a lot of original ideas and criticisms. (Also, most could do with some better formatting and some reviewing. I'll see what I can do about this but make no promises.)

3. Quotations refreshed

Another thing I refreshed is my

    Quotations server

There are now 610 quotations, and the display was also altered a bit. It still is a very simple program, that also needs rewriting to make it conform to coding standards for JS, but it works, and I like the quotes, and since that is what it is for and about I decided to add more quotes rather than code.

4. Ubuntu niceties

As the regular reader of Nederlog - there are such, reader! - may know by now I am tomorrow since three weeks a happy user of Ubuntu Linux, that simply is the better OS than is Windows or Mac, and by this time, having arrived at the adult age of 21 years, also has the better desktop. 

Over the past weeks I have repeatedly attempted to explain why I think so and provided useful links to check my statements or help you learn about Ubuntu or install it. In this section I only mention some of the nice things I got  with Ubuntu:

Radio and the BBC-WS: This is probably also doable with Windows, but it was particularly easy in Ubuntu, that comes with Rhythmbox installed, which is a program that gives one access to internet-radio. It does not have the BBC-WS installed, but then that was easy to find on their web-pages, and then all it needed was copy/paste to Rhythm-box. This I found very pleasing, because the English government, it seems like all Western governments, in its attempts to keep their bankmanagers satisfied and in plentiful money, does its utmost to save on civilization, education, and rational information and so removed the BBC-WS last year from the etherwhence I had been receiving, and following it since the early 1970ies, because there is nothing like it in Holland, nor indeed elsewhere: Intelligent radio for intelligent people!

Wine software: This is definitely not doable with Windows, except in a trivial way: It is very easy to install Wine on Ubuntu, that can run Windows-programs within Linux. I found that it does run the applications I used inside Windows, and quite unproblematically, which means that in order to use Windows programs on my hard disk I need not quit Ubuntu and dual boot to Windows. This is very nice for various reasons, and one is that it makes the transition to Ubuntu easier. (It is also really clever programming.) Here is the Wikipedia-link for more information: Wine (software).

Ubuntu philosophy: I am a philosopher, indeed one of the few real living ones (*) (as you may find outfrom ME in Amsterdam or my Spiegeloog-columns or my 39 Questions that got me removed from the faculty of philosophy of the University of Amsterdam  briefly before being allowed to take my M.A.-degree) and I was pleased  to find that Ubuntu-the-operating-system was in part inspired by Ubuntu-philosophy  as explained by Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, and in part by the ideals of free software as propounded by Richard Stallman, and as outlined here in a statement of policy: About Ubuntu Our Philosophy.

There is a lot more I could mention, but the above will do for the moment.

5. mB12-protocol

Something else that helps me, and without which I very probably would not have been able to get myself a new computer or Ubuntu, is the mB12-protocol I have mentioned before in Nederlog. This is mostly as before, though I should add that it still is difficult for me to access Cort Johnson's Phoenix Forums, where there is most information about it. That shows you what these forums' priorities are: Not my health or the interests of patients at large, but only those who serve The Leader faithfully. Indeed, here he is, in his full glory, in a nice spoof V99 and - I would suppose - Cort Johnson, Patricia Carter and other ME-Führers disapprove of as 'inappropriate', although I did not yet see them mumble the holy name of Godwin. (**)

In any case: I have had it with these folks, who get things so systematically wrong, year in, year out, it seems they are being paid for it. In this I may be mistaken, but what I am not mistaken in is that it makes no sense for one like me to stand up for ordinary men: If I cast my pearls before swine I'd get a far better reception than from these folks and their handlers, like Bob the Respect-Rat and Mark the Anti-Semite Sadist.

So I very probably will stop writing about this is as well, having been discriminated so remarkably well merely for standing out as different from the rest, and for knowing science and having relevant degrees.

Notes

(*) The real ones dare to run risks in their own lives: They at least have the courage of their opinions. Academic philosophers usually got tenure on condition of proving they prefered a career and tenure over honesty and morality. Had it been otherwise, the universities and schools would be a lot better than they are, after 30 years of postmodernistic destruction of the universities and of education in the name of equality.

So it goes...: 'Intellectuals' are careerists and impostors, for the most part. None of the radical left did anything to save the universities and the schools from being levelled by careerist demagogues pretending to be radical leftists: They wanted a career, so they were radical about other things, just like a bunch of Stalinist apparatchiks ('global warming' and 'the environment' were the topics of choice, and 'feminism' and 'gay rights'), and they destroyed the universities by levelling them for the talentless, who they also led, and to whom they belonged.

See Mandarins with an IQ of 115: I spoke up, and was severly punished, physically hurt, and thrown from the university. Everybody with much lower IQs in my country made a university career in the name of leftist ideals, which they exploited as pimp do, for their own benefit, with the enormous damages handed to the generations after them: Their lives as parasites were great, let others pay.

(**) Maoists, Nazis, Stalinists, ordinary men and semi-intellectuals LOVE political correctness, especially if they can impose it on others by rectifying the terms others use, and prescribing them what words to use, and always do so hypocritically. Here is the pomo originator as presented on Wikipedia: 

Godwin has stated that he introduced Godwin's law in 1990 as an experiment in memetics.

Godwin's law does not claim to articulate a fallacy; it is instead framed as a memetic tool to reduce the incidence of inappropriate hyperbolic comparisons. "Although deliberately framed as if it were a law of nature or of mathematics, its purpose has always been rhetorical and pedagogical: I wanted folks who glibly compared someone else to Hitler or to Nazis to think a bit harder about the Holocaust," Godwin has written.

If one can write with dry eyes that one's personal prejudices are 'a memetic tool to reduce the incidence of inappropriate hyperbolic comparisons' one is bullshitting. The technique of calling one's opponents 'fascists', 'fascist pigs' etc. is at least as old as the Sixties, and I have been called a 'fascist' very many times from 1977 till the 1990ies, because I arrived as the son and grandson of communist heroes of the Dutch Resistance who was himself not a communist, and who found a whole university full of leftist fascist pigs who called everybody who doubted their delusions or who opposed their careers 'fascist pigs' as a matter of course, and who pretended to be communists and arbitrators of truth and political correctness only to make a career as an intellectualn incompetent with academic tenure.

And I did not protest because it certainly would have opened the floodgates for more filth from the leftist fascist pigs who opposed me, and because my parents were still alive, and the leftist fascist pigs who ruled the UvA were quite capable of telling my parents that their son was 'a dirty fascist' and so - therefore - were they: I was told I was 'an imperialist' and a 'fascist' because I said that I thought Peirce was a greater philosopher than Marx. I also was offered 'an explanation': 'Peirce was an American; Americans are imperialists; therefore you are an imperialist; therefore you are the equivalent of a fascist.' I kid you not. Olaf McDaniel dixit, and then went on to destroy the Dutch universities by opening them up for IQs even lower than his, in the name of universal equality of all.

Anyway... I am certainly not going to discuss ´trivializing the Holocaust'  with degenerates like that, who only speak to deliberately offend you to further their own career. And I can get very angry with idiots, careerists, propagandists and liars who presume to tell me what I can and cannot, or should and should not say: Either they are bullshitting or they are hopeless morons - the sick and sadistic Bowdlerizers of postmodernism, whose tiny minds insist on demeaning others, in the best Nazi-traditions of censorship and repression - by telling them what their choice of words should be like: They are the self-appointed masters and mistresses of a-p-e-p-r-o-p-r-i-a-t-e-n-e-s-s.

OK then... here is the SS-Standarten-Führerin des Es-ist-XMRV-Ihr-Arschlocher Battalions, Fraülein V99:

It is not parodying Hitler it is really parodying the illness!

Hitler is not the type of person you want thought of as an ME patient.
I would turn him into a member of the Wessely school.

Ganz genau! Ordnung muss sein! Immer! Auch in der Parodie!
Es sind ja immer nur Untermenschen die Menschen vorschreiben wollen was und wie sie reden müssen! Hitler zu erschöpft um Krieg f
ühren zu können! Welches Vieh kann das wollen dürfen?!



                                        P.S.    
Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
                                --May 31, 2012: Corrected some typos and added some links.



 

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
2.  Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT: 
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
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)
9.
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
10.
 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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