1. Chomsky & Greenwald on the decline of the rule
2. Professor Hooper vs professor
The present Nederlog consists
of a link to a talk with Noam Chomsky and Glenn Greenwald of a little
over a year ago, and the text of professor Hooper's protest against a
reward given to professor Wessely.
1. Chomsky & Greenwald on the decline of the rule of
- today uploaded again in a better formatted version - I linked to a
speech given by Glenn Greenwald in July of this year and commented
some. Today I provide a link to another video
In fact, this
is from October 2011, and seems to have been part of publicity for
Greenwald's book "Liberty and justice for Some", which I haven't
read. The format is that Greenberg and Chomsky both say something in
the first half hour about
themes treated in "Liberty and justice for Some", after which
the audience ask questions.
I found it interesting and worth listening to, especially the first
which is mostly about the decline of the rule of law in the US, that
has resulted in "Liberty and justice for Some": If you are rich,
your liberties will be protected and you have a very good chance on a
very lenient treatment if you break the law; if you belong to the
government, you can break the US law and be praised and thanked for it
if you are not rich and do not serve the government, you may be
punished very severely for quite minor offenses.
That is not "the rule of law" as this phrase has been
many decades, which was that the same laws apply in the
same ways to all, regardless of one's income or social
2. Professor Hooper on professor Wessely
I did not know that the publication "Nature" is a
natural conduit for sadism under editor Philip Campbell, but apparently
it now is. At least, the editor
seems to be very proud and pleased to give
professor Wessely a price. I may return later to this.
Here and now I provide a link to professor Hooper's reaction, that I
recommend in Philip Campbell's attention [*]:
Simon Wessely’s award
of the inaugural John
Maddox Prize for his courage in the field of ME and Gulf War Syndrome
Malcolm Hooper (with
members of the ME
community) 12th November
The reason I only provide a link
is that the person(s) who made the original html for professor Hooper
seem not to know that internet addresses, if provided as text, are
printed on one line, and therefore expand a text box - a
html-table - like the one I use here, and in this case to such an
cannot use it at all.
Alas, I therefore can't use the text I found and I also don't have the eyes to straighten this out, and hence I can only
provide the link.
I'll see what I can do about this, for I like professor Hooper's text,
and I find it quite ludicrous or contemptible - it depends on the
motivation, that I don't know - that a journal like "Nature"
supports someone like Wessely.
P.S. My eye
There will be a new PS, probably with another name. In any case, the
eye problems are diagnosed as keratoconjunctivitis
sicca, quite possibly as a part of Sjoegren's
syndrome, which is a fairly common complication of ME/CFS, but
exists independently from ME/CFS.
[*] I doubt it will make much of a
difference: Few have the character to publicly admit mistakes. But let
me repeat for Mr Campbell's benefit: I have been medically diagnosed three
times with ME/CFS, in the medical, not the psychiatric sense; a disease
is to this day a neurological disease, that my ex-wife and I have
since January 1979; I am the son and
grandson of Dutch heroes of the resistance against Nazism in 1940-45;
my father survived over 3 1/2 years as a political prisoner in German
concentration-camps; my grandfather (whose name is on the Yad Vashem wall)
was murdered in a German concentration camp; my father was knighted,
long after the war, for designing and making exhibitions about the
concentration camps; I have - excellent - degrees in psychology and
philosophy; and it seems to me that - logically speaking - dr. Wessely
and dr. Mengele have something in common: They are both sadists. If
this is "hurtful" to dr. Wessely, he should go to court: It is hurtful to me to be slandered by a
pseudoscientist, in the name of medical science, and to be denied
all help of any kind except minimal dole for 34 years now,
because dr. Wessely and others have recommended that people with my
disease do not get help that other people with other diseases -
often far less serious than mine - have been entitled to, but I do also
admit that denying help to ill people on whatever ground is much
cheaper for insurances and states.
To me it seems that a person who claims that a disease with an
unexplained cause must be a psychiatric complaint, for which
reasons those who have the disease are to be denied help; on the
ground that he "knows" that hundreds or thousands of his medical
colleagues who have researched ME/CFS and insist that it is a serious
disease must be as insane as the patients is... not quite sane
himself, at the very least.
Also, in Holland dr. Wessely would have been diagnosed, by his very own
psychiatric colleague prof.dr. Bastiaans, as an obvious patient with "second
generation concentration camp syndrome" - which maybe says as much
about the supposed science of psychiatry as it does about psychiatrists
like Bastiaans and Wessely.
Then again, it may, in this case - and I speak here as a psychologist -
suggest a psychiatric cause for professor Wessely's cruel pseudoscience that - I repeat this for Mr
Campbell's intellectual and moral benefit - logically implies
that hundreds or thousands of dr Wessely's much
better qualified medical colleagues who insist that ME/CFS is a
serious non-psychiatric disease, as does the World Health
Organization, must be quite as insane
as I am, and as millions of others with my disease are, according
to dr Wessely's calumny, now indirectly but proudly supported by the
editor of "Nature".
But I am quite willing to argue this - and my human and personal
integrity, and my human rights to help
if I am ill, according to my own doctors, who know me personally -
in court, and ask for punitive damages for slandering me, for
slandering millions of other people with my disease, and for slandering
thousands of medical doctors who are not psychiatrists - and I am also
rather amazed that a journal like "Nature" lends itself for this
manner of slandering pseudoscientific
that in effect also has been the cause of death of many, such as Sophia Mirza,
because they were denied help or were physically abused by
psychiatrists in the name of dr. Wessely's "science".
See also as to ME/CFS (that I
prefer to call ME):
necessary corrections have to be made later.