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September 30, 2012

me +ME: Corrupt Dutch Supreme Court | More about Rich van Konynenburg | My eyes and M.E


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Introduction
1. The corruption of the Dutch Supreme Court

2. A bit more about the late Rich van Konynenburg
3. My eyes and my M.E.

PHILOSOPHY: But what's your job? There's no harm in asking that.
LUCIAN: I'm an anti-cheatist, an anti-quackist, an anti-liarist, and an anti-inflated-egoist. I'm anti all the revolting types like that - and there are plenty of them, as you know.
PHILOSOPHY [smiling]: Well, well! You're quite an anti-body, aren't you?
LUCIAN: I certainly am. You can see why I've got myself aso much disliked, and why I'm in such a dangerous situation. Not that I'm not an expert pro-body too. I'm a pro-truthist, a pro-beautician, a pro-sinceritist, and a pro-everything that's pro-worthy. But I don't find much scope for exercisting my talents in that direction, whereas thousands of people are always queuing up for the anti-treatment. In fact I'm so out of practice as a probody, that I dare say I have lost the knack of it by now - but I'm a real expert at the other part of my profession.
PHILOSOPHY [seriously]: That's bad. They're opposite sides of a coin, as it were. So don't specialize in one at the expense of the other. They should merely be different aspects of the same fundamental attitude.
LUCIAN: Well, you know best, Philosophy. But I'm so constituted that I can't help hating bad types and liking good ones.
(From: Lucian Fishing for phonies, in de Turner-vertaling, p. 177-8)



Introduction:

I leave the above quotation standing for the moment, since I like it a lot, and it also describes me - or an aspect of me. (See my Spiegeloog-columns, for one example.)

Also I improved the more about M.E./CFS section at the end: The links now ought to work.

The present Nederlog is about Dutch corruption I did not know about, until some months ago, and it also gives a little more information about the late Rich van Konynenburg Ph.D., about whose recent death I wrote in the previous Nederlog.

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1.  The corruption of the Dutch Supreme Court
My parents were members of the Dutch Communist Resistance in WW II, and because of that my father and grandfather were convicted to concentration camp punishment, that my father survived after more than 3 1/2 years of German concentration camps, as a political prisoner, while his father died from the maltreatment, starvation and forced labor.

One of the things my father was very bitter about was that he and his father (also arrested, also convicted - and my father's story, in his own words, translated by me into English, is under this link) were convicted by Dutch judges in a Dutch court, in 1941, and namely as "political terrorists".

It now has turned out - as written up in a book that was first published in the fall of 2011, that is over 65 years after WW II ended: Corjo Jansen en Derk Venema, "The Supreme Court and the Second World War" (in Dutch), Boom, Amsterdam, 2011 - that all of the Dutch Supreme Court in WW II was corrupt,  and collaborated with the Nazis, except for one man, its president, who was Jewish or of Jewish decent.

Here is the story as told on Wikipedia, with a link to it - Dutch Supreme Court - because there is more in the Wikipedia article than the passage I quote:

Second World War

During the German occupation, the Supreme Court kept functioning. In November 1940 the occupiers forced the president, Judge L.E. Visser, to resign because he was Jewish. Visser's colleagues did not protest. The members who remained also signed a compulsory declaration about Aryans.

After the liberation, people reproached the Court for a weak and legalistic attitude. The Court wished above all to guarantee the continuity of the jurisdiction and not to become involved in politics. However such chances as there were to take a stand on principle against the Germans were largely missed. The Justices either omitted to give a moral example or felt they were not in a position to do so.[7] This was demonstrated in a so-called "Test sentence", (Supreme Court, 12 January 1942, NJ 1942/271), in which the Supreme Court ruled that the Dutch judge was not permitted to contest the decrees of the occupying force on the basis of international law, in particular the 1907 regulation prescribed for a country at war. In this the Supreme Court followed the advice of the barrister-general A. Rombach. The judgment concerned a case in which a man was sentenced by the economic judge for an "economic offence" (the purchase of pork without valid coupons). The counsel for the accused, P. Groeneboom, attested in his defence before the Supreme Court on 27 October 1941 that the judge had the authority to challenge the regulations of the occupying force on the basis of the regulation prescribed for a country at war, the decree of the Führer and the first regulation of the government commissioner. When the Supreme Court (in a judgment of 12 January 1942) denied the possibility of contesting rules issued by the National Socialist oppressors, the Netherlands followed what was the rule in Germany and Italy too. On the basis of two emergency measures Hitler had the authority to issue incontestable rules and the legal establishment acknowledged its own incompetence to challenge "political" measures. "Political" in this case was what the political authorities considered to be political. In Italy the Court of Appeal recognised the free authority of Mussolini and the judge's lack of authority to control it.[8] Meihuizen says about the Dutch test sentence: "A sentence with far-reaching consequences because with this, barristers were not given the chance to bring before the judge the question of the validity of legislation which had been issued by or on behalf of the occupier."[9]:85 The Supreme Court defended this sentence in retrospect with the conjecture that the Germans would never accept it being contested and might have intervened in a negative way with the legal establishment, resulting in a further diminishing of citizens' legal protection.[7]

In 1943 the seat of the Supreme Court was temporarily moved from The Hague to Nijmegen. With the liberation of Nijmegen in September 1944, this led to a situation in which, although the seat was on liberated ground, most of the Justices found themselves still in occupied territory. After the war, there was not much done to clear matters, lawyers who had collaborated with the Germans generally kept their jobs or got important other positions. A crucial role in this affair was played by J. Donner, who became president of the Supreme Court in 1946.

J. Donner was the grandfather of the Dutch former Minister of Justice Piet Hein Donner, who kept insisting that drugs could not be legalized in Holland "because of international treaties", which was a lie, and a highly profitable one, as I explained on May 4, 2012:

Remarkably, ALL Dutch mayors, ALL Dutch aldermen, ALL Dutch policemen, ALL Dutch parliamentarians, ALL Dutch ministers, ALL Dutch judges, and ALL Dutch district attorneys have ALL these forty plus years insisted again and again and again that legalizing illegal drugs is extremely undesirable, extremely dangerous, and "forbidden by international treaties". (They never mentioned the fact that the profit margin of the illegal drugs they illegally were helping to trade was at least 50% - taxfree, uncontrolled in any way, except by a personal signature of the mayor that allowed their making, in spite of the Dutch laws that forbid this, in legal terms, and have forbidden this for all these forty plus years in which these 500 billions of illegal profits from illegal drugs were made, all protected faithfully, honestly, constantly, and very, very tolerantly by, especially, Amsterdam mayors, Amsterdam aldermen, Amsterdam policemen, Dutch parliamentarians, Dutch ministers, Amsterdam judges, and Amsterdam district attorneys, almost all, as it happens, key members of the Dutch Labour Party For The Drugs Mafia, who - you foreigners must understand - NEVER EVER profited of any of this, for - you foreigners must understand - Dutch mayors, Dutch aldermen, Dutch policemen, Dutch parliamentarians, Dutch ministers, Dutch judges, Dutch district officers are all very honourable men, who never lie, never are immoral, and who constantly think of Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

For the Amsterdam mayors who protected  the drugs dealers did so in the name of the ideals my father and grandfather were convicted for as political terrorists, because of the February Strike.

Let me put it this way:

I am not amazed, and I confidently trust that the entire Dutch Supreme Court, that now has been corrupt since 1970 because of permitting the "Toleration Policy" (Dutch "Gedoogbeleid") and "Backdoor Policy" ("Achterdeurbeleid") that permitted the dealing of illegal drugs from "coffeeshops" with special permission from mayors or aldermen since 1970, without any control of turnover, profit or quality, and in fact  amounts to collaboration with and protection of the Dutch drugs mafia, is a quite incredible lot richer than I am.

Then again, maybe they did not do anything whatsoever, except systematically look in the other direction, hug their comrades in Dutch Labour, praise all things Dutch, and pretend not to know that the Dutch laws forbid the dealing of soft drugs since 50 years at least: In any case, whatever they did or fail to do, they were paid extremely well, officially, for exercising their functions as they in fact did, just as their brethern or grandfathers in WW II were paid extremely well.

So I must assume they are worthy collaborators in a long tradition of worthy collaborators - and who could ask or demand of such eminent worthies that they see to it that the Dutch laws are maintained, or that they even know or have read the Van Traa Rapport? God forbid! That would only upset their political friends in the ruling political elite....

What is also true, though - a bit puzzling, I admit - is that currently there is a plan to make the Dutch "coffee shops" that deal in soft drugs accessible only to Dutchmen with a special membership registration that allows the Dutch authorities to check (1) who buys how much when and where - of drugs that are still illegal and still sold with enormous profit margins, without being taxed, and without (formally) anyone knowing how much profit is being made on them. (For that is called "Backdoor Policy": Dealers who got their friend the mayor permit their dealing are allowed to get their drugs "by the backdoor", that is: without any control. Since 1970!)

This plan may sound sensible to some - such as a majority of braindead Dutch parliamentarians - but is in fact THE way to help the mafia sell soft and hard drugs in the streets again, in combination, for more money and a larger profit margin than before.

My - speculative but sensible - explanation is that there is some fight going on between two groups of drugs corrupt Dutch politicians and/or high bureaucrats.

I have no proof for this, but the circumstantial evidence is the admitted yearly turnover of 10-25 Billions dollars a year - and a Billion, dear reader, is a 1000 million, which makes 5% of it 50 million - and for more you are referred to the Nederlog May 4, 2012.

Why do I write about this, you may ask? Because it is despicable; because the Amsterdam drugs policies ruined my health and chances and life; and because indeed the information that the Dutch Supreme Court collaborated with the Nazis was not known to me.

I am also not amazed: In Holland there never was an independent judiciary: It was always hand in glove with the political elite, indeed even in WW II.
2. A bit more about the late Rich vanKonynenburg

As I mentioned on September 26, Rich van Konynenburg died that day, which is a great pity for his wife and also for patients with M.E., because he had discovered a very interesting theory about a possible cause of M.E. and kind of therapy, the hB12-protocol as I call it.

There is a thread about him on the Phoenix Rising Forums under the title of "Some sad news from Rich Van Konynenburg's wife" on which I found the following quite moving tribute to him, also with  a link to the source, that is here:
Hi all,

First of all, I would like to give my condolences and best wishes to Rich's family. Please excuse my grammar mistakes.


I'm just shocked after hearing about his death. All of us know death, and we know it is unavoidable. But when we know someone like him, some part of us hopes he is going to be with us forever. A magic soul like his cannot just go. And I don't think he has.


I hope what I am going to say reaches Rich someway, somehow, somewhere:


I first knew of him I was 23, and bedridden 24/7. I had fallen sick 1.5 years ago. I barely could read English, but I struggled with it to translate his paper from 2007. He had just unraveled the disease I suffered from, Chronic fatigue Syndrome. My background in science was so limited then, but in spite of it, it became obvious to me that his explanation about the pathogenesis of CFS was brilliant, and for the first time, what he wrote made sense to me, after reading so many silly things about the subject.


I started to expend the little energy I had to study every single day, until I got to know, after a few years, enough science to fully understand his work. Again, it was brilliant.

I asked him for professional advice several times, and we corresponded both publicly and privately many times over the last years. I was also lucky enough to skype with him once --I could not believe it. I was finally talking with him and seeing him!--.


He definitely saved my life. He diagnosed a cyanide poisoning I was suffering from taking cyanocobalamine. I think very few people on the earth would have been able to arrive to that conclusion... I was astonished and followed his advice (supported by my Doctor), and I did overcome that acute situation. Again, brilliant; and not only that, but incredibly kind and altruist of him. Needless to say that he treated me as "one of his kind": not just a patient, but as a person. Of course he was at a much higher level, but this is what a humble man does, right? Well, he was this way.


Then he helped me to move to the States to follow a treatment. I could not have done it without his help (and the help of other doctors and patients to whom I'll be always grateful from the bottom of my heart).


In some way, following Rich's advice, I got to find my current treatment, which, so far, has improved me from being bed-bound to being at about my 60%. This allowed me to enroll in medical school last year.


Now I am studying the second year of medical school, and I am, more than ever, determined to become a Doctor, no matter what, in order to try to help people with these kinds of neuro-inmmune diseases.


Rich, as a scientific and as an exceptional person, not only gave me the strength and hopes to go on when life did not make any sense to me, but certainly guided my life and helped me to find a purpose, a goal, that I am going to pursue until we finally find out what's going on with these conditions.


In short, I can really say that the Rich's goal of helping us all, inundated and transformed me in such a way that now, I feel that the same goal gives sense to my life.


I wish I would have told him this in life... Well, there're always things left to say, right? But I am quite sure he knew enough things to know to what degree he got to help people and touched our hearts.


There's one thing I would have liked him to see, and it is of course the whole explanation of our disease, a goal he pursued for more than 17 years (if I get it right). Well, for all of us, and for Rich, we have to continue fighting until we find the final clue. I will certainly do.


Rich, you saved my life and gave sense to it. For this, and for much more, THANK YOU. We will never forget you.


Sergio

This is a very fine tribute to what seems to have been a very fine man. This is my reason to copy it, with the aside that I have found that many medical doctors who treat patients with M.E. seem to be a lot less good, both morally and intellectually, than the late Rich van Konynenburg: The doctors all tend to pretend otherwise, but - in my experience, as it also is my experience that there are exceptions - most are in it for the money (link for Dutchmen).

Rich van Konynenburg was not, and he had a sensible theory, that helped those who tried it more than not, and that makes definite biochemical sense. For this reason, I repeat what I wrote before:

I do hope someone else - Dr Nathan perhaps, who cooperated with Dr Van Konynenburg? - will try to keep this theory alive, to develop and test it further, and I also do hope his texts and videos will be kept available on the internet.

Finally, as to Sergio's text: I sincerely hope he will succeed in becoming a medical doctor, but it will be very difficult, with 60% of one's energy when healthy. Here is some personal information:

My ex-wife and I both had studied three months of psychology when we fell ill in January 1978 with M.E./CFS (and I added the last three letters for the benefit of search machines, not because I believe it is an appropriate name), with something between 1/4 and 1/2 of our previous health.

We did not know we had M.E. - we were diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus, which just never wemt away - until 10 years later, when I learned about it by chance (pre-internet) on the BBC World Service. It turned out  we had all the symptoms, and indeed I got a diagnosis very fast from my GP when she learned some about it.

My ex-wife and I both eventually got our M.A. degrees, that we got while we were ill all the time,  but it took a lot more time than it would have had we been healthy, for being ill caused us many problems, with lectures and courses one had to attend, and with examinations we quite often could not make the first time, for being too exhaused at the time.

Eventually we did make it because (1) it was accepted, then and there, that we had a real if unknown illness, in our cases probably because we had nothing to gain by being ill (2) we are both uncommonly intelligent and (3) the study of psychology is a relatively quite easy study, certainly when compared with the study of medicine - which we knew because we lived for a while in a student flat with medical students, who just had to work a lot harder than we had to do to pass the required exams each year for keeping a grant or study loan.

Speaking for myself, it is most unlikely I could have made a medical degree with the illness I had to the degree I had it then,  while I could not have finished any degree with the disease as it has been since 1991, which was and is a lot worse than the first 10 years.

So I wish Sergio the best, and I hope he does make it: He surely has an excellent motive.
3. My eyes and my M.E.
There is little to add to a previous entry, except that I have to take care with looking at my computer screen and that I probably wasn't careful enough writing this.

That's the way of good intentions: easy to make, hard to keep, especially if they go against the grain or habit.

Then again, I have found a set-up on Ubuntu that allows me to do some, as explained before, to which I can add that I presently mostly write in Gedit, which is the GNU editor for text (ascii) files, that one can have with white text on black background and full screen.

This works for me, as I presently am - which is not by far as good as I can be with M.E. without sore eyes, alas.
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Maarten Maartensz


P.S. My eye problems



                  PS: Any necessary corrections have to be made later.