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  July 1, 2012                  
Crisis: US Healthcare, Chinese changes, North-Korean horror


̈́   "More inhumanity (to man) has been done by man himself than any other of nature's causes."
Samuel von Pufendorf, 1673.

This Nederlog has three brief but quite interesting items, comprising two fine videos. The subjects are these

       1. US healthcare explained by Maddow and Frank
       2. A Maoist Chinese political leader gets deposed
       3. Horrifying drawings from a North-Korean concentration camp

To start with: Why are these items in the crisis series? The first concerns both sane policies in everybody's interests, and their opposition by insane and totally false and completely dishonest propaganda, the considerable success and acceptation of which shows that large parts of the population can be convinced of almost anything, and is relevant to the US presidential elections. The second is very relevant to the course of the Chinese CP, which is quite relevant to the rest of the world, since the Chinese meanwhile owe much of the world's resources and indeed owe much of the US deficit. The third shows what life is like in a totalitarian dictatorship, which is what the world will see much more of if the current crisis cannot be resolved without social collapse (*).

1. US healthcare explained by Maddow and Frank

I congratulated the US citizens two days ago with the health care bill that was approved by the Supreme Court and remarked then that

I find in instructive - in a bitter and frightful way - that "Fox News" and such have been able to deceive considerable parts of the many poor whites in the US that affordable health care is against the interest of the poor and the middle class, while it obviously benefits them.

As it happens, I found yesterday an excellent video from March 22, 2010, in which Rachel Maddow explains very clearly what the health care bill, that on that day passed the US Senate, amounts to:

       Rachel Maddow + Barney Frank on health benefits

It is a very clear explanation, and it seems to me a key issue of US politics, and indeed also an essential part of what a fair and just society should enable it citizens to have: Affordable health care for all, not just for the rich.

See for yourself: it is a very well done presentation of what affordable health care for all amounts to.

2. A Maoist Chinese political leader gets deposed

The following item opened
The Young Turks (and probably would have been missed by me if it hadn't been there):

Bo Xilai: Inside the Scandal - A WSJ Documentary

This is a fine documentary by Josh Chin for the Wall Street Journal, and explains the rise and fall of Bo Xilai, who was until March a prominent and up and coming grandee of the Chinese CP, and who used Maoist policies to rise.

It also shows some of modern China, which does not look like what I recall from seeing - on films - from the Sixties and Seventies of the last century, when it looked (after Mao's policies) poor and backward, and very totalitarian, mostly because all were dressed the same, in a Maoist costume; all seemed to try to be - to look, to speak, to do - the same; and clearly nearly all were very poor and quite brainwashed.

3. Horrifying drawings from a North-Korean concentration camp

This I found on a Dutch paper's website. This is one of the links that website provided, and it is a series of quite horrifying drawings of what life is like in a North Korean concentration camp:

North Korean defector draws life in a concentration camp.

Here is a link to the page where the above item can be found, and on which there are more links:

        Reddit ryanyang page      

And here is a link to an article in the English Evening Standard newspaper:

I only want to raise and briefly answer one question here, about the first of the above three links: Is it true - rather than anti North Korean propaganda?

I fear the rational probability is that it is true, and two reasons I think so - having no direct factual evidence for this case - is that I know rather a lot about Nazi concentration- camps, that my father survived, but his father did not  (images from the camps) and thata the North Korean drawings contain a detail that also held in the Nazi case. I quote from translated text from the North-Korean drawings:

Weakness Criteria setting 170 cm as standard height, if subject is 42 kg he/she is categorized as weakness level 1. if 40kg, weakness level 2. if 38 kg and under, weakness level 3 and is about to die.

I know this because my father, who was 178 cm survived being 38.5 kg, through the help of his communist comrades: My father and grandfather were convicted in 1941 as 'political terrorists', namely for being members of the resistance against Nazism in Holland.

See also the Wikipedia item

       Man's inhumanity to man

and this item by me (also one of the most downloaded files of my site):

(*) As happened effectively in Germany, where the economic crisis that started with the crash of 1929 prepared the social climate that led to Hitler's rapid rise to power.

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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