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  June 5, 2012                  
me+ME: Editor-blues + drone-news + DSM-5 docu

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and life.

It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.


I am around, but I am having problems with my eyes (am working on it) and then I had yesterday a nice Nederlog - but for my editor, as I will explain, and I'll keep it short because of my eyes and some other things I am engaged on.


    1. Editor-blues
    2. Drone-news
    3. DSM-5 news

1. Editor-blues

So it happened that yesterday I had a nice Nederlog, about Obama and his drones; about Ubuntu; and about Nederlog, all done and nearly ready to upload but for final saving, when poof ... out went KompoZer, the editor I write this in, currently, and to bitheaven went all I had done with, for and around yesterday's Nederlog.

Life is hard, and KompoZer would be much more pleasant without a bunch of irritating bugs - cursor-position, file-saving and -recognition, copy/paste relating to previous two bugs, and instability - but then since I know this I am mostly to blame: I should have done Ctrl-S again and again to save the stuff, like in the old Win95 days...

...anyway, that was why there was not Nederlog yesterday: there was, and then there wasn't.

2. Drone-news

I am not even going to try to repeat that disappeared Nederlog, but since I wrote about drones and the remarkable increase in presidential powers, what with killing lists, in Nederlog:

- Crisis: The drones of war 
Crisis:  Kill Lists + Socialist Capitalism

Here are some references that were in that disappeared Nederlog, in case you're interested or concerned. The source is the New York Times:

        - Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case To Kill A Citizen
        - Secret 'Kill List' Proves a Test of Obama's Principles and Will

3. DSM-5 news

Also very briefly, there is a quite interesting interview with dr Allen Frances in Medscape, What's Wrong With DSM-5? also with a predictable PR-styled 'Answer' of DSM-5 chair Kupfer Dr Kupfer Defends DSM-5 - but  I was sent these articles by a kind correspondent, and find that one has to become a - free - member of Medscape to enter it.

The first item is quite good and interesting, and I may return to it, but make no promises.

There's more on Suzy Chapman's fine site

but there too I ran - via the link to Medscape - into the Medscape signup thingie you may wish to avoid, so I just quote a quote Ms Chapman relates:

…The reliability-test results for stage 1 show that DSM-5 badly flunked and that stage 2 is desperately needed. The leadership lowered expectations with statements indicating that they are willing to accept diagnostic agreements far below historical levels and include proposals achieving diagnostic agreements that are little better than chance. This is simply not acceptable and should not be accepted…

…it is discouraging that DSM-5 has not accepted the need for external review, is going forward with poorly written and unreliable criteria sets, and still contains so many unsafe and scientifically unsound proposals. It remains to be seen whether DSM-5 will be responsive to what is certain to be increasing external pressure to trim its sails and improve its quality. If it attempts to hang tough, I think DSM-5 will no longer be used much (if at all) overseas and will also lose much of its following in the United States...

From the chief editor of the presently used DSM-IV that's pretty strong stuff, that's fully deserved.

No doubt more later, since the APA now furthers its cause with PR - undoubtedly 'in the name of evidence-based science'.

In case you forgot: If you want to protest the DSM-5 you may do so until June 15. For the details see Suzy Chapman's

       Dx Revision Watch

and consider the earlier Public Relations SLAPPing of Ms Chapman by the o so very honorable, o so very honest, o so very altruistic APA:

     Is the American Psychiatric Association a terrorist organization?

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
                             -- Jun 6, 2012: Corrected some typos.


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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