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December 13, 2012

me+ME: My eye problems + On Dutch mandarins



Sections
Introduction   
1.
My eye problems
2. My editing problems

Extra: On Dutch mandarins

About ME/CFS


Introduction:

Today I did an editorial check on Stapel meshuggenah: Many Little Pricks Rosewater, and corrected typos and links, and made links especially regarding fallacies and pseudoscience, because I missed quite a few typos (having sore eyes) and indeed do believe social psychology in Holland is more of a fallacious pseudoscience than anything else.

I am recuperating from doing too much the last few days on the issues related to Diederik Stapel's fraudulence, and the stupid and dishonest reactions of social psychologists to the report of the Levelt- Committee.

I will therefore only say a little about my eye and my editing problems, and return tomorrow or later to social psychology in Holland, and the corruption of the Dutch universities and the Dutch nation, the former by quasi-revolutionary careerists, the lattter corrupted by drugs, drugscorruption and the mafia, protected or part of the Dutch Labour Party.

But I threw in an
Extra: On Dutch mandarins and should also say, in the evening of December 13, 2012, that the file you are reading is an older version of the finished file, which got overwritten and disappeared. This version is mostly like the original one, but probably needs some corrections that were in the later one, that must wait to be made at some later date.



1. My eye problems

I still have sore eyes most or part of the day. It depends on how much I look at my computer screen, and on how that is colored: The lighter the more problematic, especially with pure white.

The diagnosis is keratoconjunctivitis sicca, as part of the Sjögren's Syndrome.

The translation of the Latin bit is as follows - and the indented bits are quoted from Wikipedia:
"dry [inflammation] of the cornea and conjunctiva". 

The hallmark symptom of Sjögren's syndrome is a generalized dryness, typically including xerostomia (dry mouth), rheumatoid arthritis and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eyes), part of what are known as sicca symptoms.
        (...)
The pathogenesis of Sjögren's Syndrome is not well understood. The number of factors involved in the progression of the disease makes it difficult to determine its exact origin and cause.
What is known is that people with ME/CFS are more often troubled with Sjögren's Syndrome than people without ME/CFS, proportionally, but then this does not help much, since ME/CFS also has no medical explanation.

The treatment in my case consists of Duratears, which is basically purefied water with a few additives to make it more like tears.

This started in the first half of May of this year; was not recognized by my opticians, my GP and the eye-doctor my GP sent me to, for which see the next section; and was most unpleasant from July to the beginning of November: As if one's eyes are abrasions.

This is very unpleasant and very limiting, whatever one's state of health apart from it, and even if I would have been otherwise healthy,  which I am not, I would not have been able to work, at least in the months of July through October, that I spent mostly in the dark in bed.

The reason I still could write for my site is mostly GNU/Linux/Ubuntu plus Mozilla browsers:
  • There is an option in its System Settings in Ubuntu called High Contrast Inverse, that allows one to invert the standard color scheme of black text on a white background, which turned out to be most helpful, and enabled me to keep using my computer a little, since for months I could not see a white background without getting serious pain in my eyes within seconds. Initially, in July, I had everything that used to be white black instead, since that was the only way to look at my computer screen  for more than a few minutes without increased pain.
  • The Firefox browser on GNU/Linux/Ubuntu has more options as regards its color settings - in the Edit-Preferences- Content-Colors option - and the sizes of letters - in View-Zoom - that again turned out to be very helpful, since the quality of my vision also varied a lot, and often I could only read large letters.
  • The SeaMonkey browser for GNU/Linux (that is not a standard part of Ubuntu) has a html-editor called Composer that allows one - by way of Edit-Preferences-Appearance- Colors to view and edit in background+text colors that are not saved, which is what allowed me to write what is now in Nederlog October 2012 and to revise my Philosophical Dictionary, that I had messed up as regards font sizes through the same editors from the second half of 2011 till the first half of 2012 (and did not see because various overrides interfered with that).
  • The pdf-reader on Ubuntu has the pleasing property its standard black text on white background can be inverted, simply by Ctrl-i, which made pdfs readable.
In fact, I have been writing this out with some precision because it may be of considerable help others who have my type of eye problems. In case you - or someone else trying to find help for you, having functional eyes - here are three  general bits of advice:
  • As far as I know none of the above list of points is possible on MS Windows, in any version, except for the bit involving Seamonkey. I do not know enough about Apple computers, but doubt it is. Also, I do not know about other Linux distributions, but my guess is Firefox will be less tweakable than on Ubuntu.
  • If you are not a techie, or if your eyes are really sore, somebody else will have to install Ubuntu for you - and there is help and there are helpful links here on my site: Ubu-intro   - which is probably best done by way of Wubi if you run Windows normally. This installs Ubuntu as if it is a part of Windows. Alternatively, you may not install Ubuntu at all, but run if from a CD or USB-stick. Firefox for web browsing, Thunderbird for mail, and Document-Viewer for pdf are standardly included, and will be very similar to Windows, except more powerful, in relevant ways explained above. (The main problem is getting Ubuntu running in the first place, and that is not difficult, except if you know almost nothing about computers or have quite painful and almost useless eyes.)
  • Once you get Ubuntu running, the first two of the above three points, which will be the most important for most, are easily realized. If you also want to write html with tweaked colors, you'll have to install a Linux version of SeaMonkey, which is very easy: Find it and unpack it, and you're done.
As far as my eyes are concerned: I could not have used a computer running MS Windows from June till November, with such eyes as I had then, except perhaps for 5 to 10 quite painful minutes a day.

As it was with
Ubuntu, I could use my computer most days for some hours, depending. Also, since the second week of November, there has been improvement, that has been continuing, and presently I am somewhere half way between how my eyes were before they got bad, and the worst stage for me, in August/September.

I can use my computer now almost like I did before, although still tweaked as outlined above, for I still must avoid looking at white screens to avoid problems, and I still feel my eyes part or most of the days.

Finally, I have explained the above, though not with the same detail, on September 17, and also explained what I found to be by far the best way to administer Duratears, which is rather problematic if one lives alone, and that I have not seen displayed elsewhere, and that I reproduce from October 5, since it also helped:

Procedure: I stand with my face to a wall, leaning on my elbows above my head against it, bow my head backwards, and then use the bottle to put a drop in the sack I make by pulling under the lower eyelid with a finger. (The last part is also in the documentation that comes with the droplets, but the rest isn't.)
The past four weeks have been a lot better, that is: a lot less painful and considerably easier to work with the computer, than the half year before it, that was very difficult.

I do not know what will happen, since relevant medical knowledge is mostly absent, but the last four weeks were hopeful, less painful, and easier to use the computer, and improving, if at a slow rate.

And if you do have the kind of eye problems I have, all of the above should be of considerable help, and if you do not have such problems, you can bless your lucky stars: It is quite debilitating, rather painful, and it reduces one to virtual helplessness with few ways out and little relief.


2.
My editing problems

Most of my editing problems are related to my eyes, that not only have been painful for half a year now, but also vary rather a lot through the day, which often makes it necessary to increase the size of the font I am looking at - and even then it is easy to miss typos.

It also is a considerable problem that the html-editors that are available on Ubuntu, KompoZer and SeaMonkey's Composer, are both seriously bugged, which have made me loose rather a lot of text, and also upset things without noticing: KompoZer, for example, may save one's files on totally unexpected places, or paste in another open file than the one which one is editing.

This cost me a lot of time that I might have spend better, but for quite a few reasons, such as those listed in the previous section, it is still much better to be on GNU/Linux/Ubuntu than on MS Windows.

The reason to mention it here is that I have limited energy and limited eyes, for which reasons it is a fair assumption that it generally takes - at least - till the next day to sort out most of the typos - for which I am sorry, but I generally do the best I can, which is rarely what I want to do, or indeed could do if my health or my eyes were better.

Extra: On Mandarins

As I said yesterday, of those I have read about the subject, the Dutch author Gerrit Komrij was the clearest, although he was too optimistic and kind:
He was too kind, because he considered them traitors. Being a child of genuine marxist revolutionaries, I know the great majority were conformist hypocritical frauds from the very start: The "Revolutionary Leftist" from my generation never were revolutionary, and never were leftists either:

It was all in nearly all fashionable play-pretend, posturing, acting and talking as-if, because what they said and did was fashionable, and because it was pleasurable, and most of all because that way lay personal power, personal preferment, personal status, personal riches, and excellent chances to be a personal parasite in the name of high moral ideas.

And thus it happened, and thus the climate for the Stapels and Van Kleefs and the many professors and doctors in the social sciences and and new pseudosciences created for political frauds, mostly with IQs of 115 and a doctoral thesis in some locally falshionable bullshit.

All was phony, nearly all was baloney, hardly anyone cared, for the vast majority was intellectually totally untalented and uninterested, and did and said and postured as they did only to make an impression and get personally promoted to an easy professorship in a "university" for the democratic masses, built on the insane delusion that everyone is as good, as intelligent, as honest, as courageous as the best.

Anyway.... the Dutch universities are in a mess, and are universities in name only, as far as the non-mathematical sciences are concerned;  and undoing the damages done will take many generations; and I think it is far more likely European civilization will have to cave in before it has a chance of happening.

But since this started with the theme of Diederik Stapel's fraud, let me return to that and conclude for the moment:

It is a fraud that is best explained by the climate of fraudulence and play-acting of the tenth to hundredth rate minds that have taken the opportunity to take over the universities and also the schools in Holland since the keys to these institutions were handed to them by the Veringa-law - WUB - of 1971 that gave the political fanatics, the fashionable posturers, the
tenth to hundredth rate minds, the careerists, the political and managerial minds, the chance to take over the most prestigious Dutch institutions there are, and exploit them for their own careers and benefits.

And so they did: Diederik Stapel is a major fraud who could commit 10 to 15 years of major frauds, because he was educated and rose to the top in a fraudulent climate where nearly everyone who had risen to the top in any "science" that did not demand a special intellectual talent plus a considerable willingness to work hard for little social advantage, was himself either a political fanatic, or a managerial careerist or a pseudoscientific fraud to start with.

From the early 1970ies onwards only these types had the kind of colleagues already in power in the universities to help their kind into power as well.

Here is how I put it 25 years ago:


Mandarins with an IQ of 115 [1]

I have been told in the Psychological Lab[2] that the average IQ of Dutch students is 115 now. I am willing to believe it. So called academics with a postmodern intellect, that in pre-postmodern days was fit for the MULO = More Extended Primary Education level, but that these days is sufficient to belong to the intellectual elite of society.

The MULO was a school type that was intended for future bookkeepers, bureaucrats and small traders: Every shopkeeper was supposed to acquire a middleclass diploma[3], and the MULO was the proper way. It was education for the simpler sort of middleclass folks. These days, the thinking power that is required to be a succesful grocer or a valued bookkeeper is the average thinking power that is required for the highest type of Dutch education. I think that is frightening.

And no: I do not believe that a high IQ is a real warrant for having a really good intellect. But it is an adequate measure and predictor of success in schools and universities, and it is highly correlated with academic achievement: Top universities in the USA require an IQ not far from 150 to be a success there. So it is not meaningless at all, because it is a good indicator of the intellectual level of education (that cannot be higher than the average student can handle) and of of the intellectual level of society (that cannot be higher than that of the average intellectual).

For in fact everywhere those who have the highest education do get the highest jobs, that is: the functions in society in which individuals have most power or most influence over their fellow human beings; that have the highest status; and that are paid best - doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists of all kinds.

Such as M.A.-degreed psychologists, for example, capable of deciding matters of life and wellbeing of people with problems. With the insight, the knowledge, the thinking power, the intellectual talent of a shopkeeper or clerk. On average 115 miserable IQ-points and the total absence of a bright intellect that is implied thereby.

Frightening, as I said.

The result will be what can be seen now, after some 25 years of postmodern levelling education: [4]

Moronic academics; complete, half and threequarter charlatans as Masters of Art in psychology or sociology; academically titled pseudo-intellectuals who hardly know foreign languages and claim to be "too busy" to read; who cannot write, and do not speak good Dutch (of the kind of honourable Members of Parliament - an asylum filled with selfenamoured yahoos that unfortunately has room for only a few hundred minibrains); semi-scientific but heavily subsidized research that never yields anything but above average incomes for "scientists" of very average grocerly brains, and unreadable research reports in awful bureaucratic cant "to help the feminist movement, the trade union movement, and the environmental movement" (as the central aims of the University of Amsterdam were for many years) - in brief, The Netherlands will be governed by corrupt mandarins with an average IQ of 115. And the usual hypocritical impostures and backhanded greed, that is to say "in the name of our exemplary Dutch dumbocray, sorry: democracy".

Nothing new? Real science will become even rarer than it is, in an atmosphere filled with tenthousands, possinly hundreds of thousands Masters of Art of minimal brainsize and maximal greed - for an average IQ of 115 does not precisely exclude greed, ambition, intrigue and that delicious species-searches-species trade unionist mentality).

The cultural level of societies will sink until public mediawhores on the dreambox can move the population to any form of unreason. Public gangsters, frauds, parasites and eagerly upcoming dictators will be left free to do as they please - and the only social group that could have opposed them with rational arguments based on real knowledge and understanding of human civilization, will have been reduced to a set of stammering know-nothings, precisely of the level of people's parlementarians there is already.

Nothing new, I ask again? No, indeed: Virtually the only thing we do not have yet is a populist would-be dictator that abuses the opportunity. For we have had already 25 years of postmodern education. And we live in  moronified society, that moronifies further incessantly.

Thanks to the present so called academic elite, that has let it happen while they parasited upon it: The present generation of university professors and lecturers. Après vous le déluge, quoi? [5]



[1] In fact, I was told the average IQ was 118, and wrote so originally in the published Dutch text, that is reproduced on my site. As I soon after publication found out it was in fact 115, I made the change in my translation.

[2] The faculty of psychology at the time was in a building that, because of its looks, had been styled The Coffin by the Amsterdam population, while the Politically Correct term in the university was "The Psychological Lab", about as true a falsification of reality as was "people's democratic state" for Stalin's Russia. I usually referred to it in conversation as The Psychotic Lab.

[3] In fact, this is terminologically quite correct: Retailers, grocers, bakers, butchers etc. were in Dutch referred to as "middenstand" that translates as "middle class", incidentally a term that covers about everybody in modern Western society, at least in aspiration: The members of the lower class conceive of themselves as lower middle class, to improve their standing in their own eyes; the members of the upper class like to be seen as upper middle class to achieve more tax cuts and cheaper insurance; and the rest just knows it is middle class because that is safe, reputable, cosy and conformist.

[4] In The Netherlands this systematic levelling of education started around 1965.

It's also interesting that it was combined with an upgrading of terminology: Suddenly every type of school after primary school was called "College"; many children of 6 when examined were said to take a "tentamen", before reserved for examinations of university students; every person taking any education after 16 or 18 was said to "study" and to be "a student", again terms before reserved for university students; intelligence was said to be unimportant and "a matter of choice"; everybody who dared to insist that not all human beings were equally talented in all respects was immediately accused of being "elitarian"; and everything was justified by the insistence, also by Parliamentary Majority, that all human beings, or at least those in The Netherlands, were "equivalent" ("gelijkwaardig" = "of equal value").

Indeed, the last was put forward seriously and with great moral feeling in front of Srebrenica, by the Dutch Commander, also with governmental backing:

"There are no good men.
 There are no bad men. 
     Mladic
is my colleague.
  Please don't shoot the piano player.
"
    -- Dutch Troopleader Lt.-col. Karremans
    to general Mladic in front of Srebrenica
    Result: Many thousands cruelly murdered
    - who Karremans was sent to protect

Dutch morals and moral equivalence of all human beings in practice.

[5] Which is French and translates as "After you the flood, what?" - which indeed precisely was and is the attitude of these academic intellectually incompetent morally non-existent class of postmodern academic parasites that undid and ruined the Western universities and schools within one generation, mostly for reasons of insane postmodern neo-marxist neo-feminist ideological idiocies, delusions and utopian plans.

2. The thing prophecied:

The Dutch political Aryan hairpaint freak (*):



Our Future Dutch Great Fuehrer of Neanderthalia


 ♪♪♪

        It's time to put the undeserving, improperly
          faithful, ill dressed and racially impure in camps
          (again)

  ♪♪♪



Meanwhile, my fine generation of pseudos and frauds have had a most enjoyable life as professors in the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Tilburgen, Nijmegen, etc. - which is what most of them wanted from the start, and by politics, for lack of real intellectual talents.

All I have is 34 years of discrimination, pain and poverty, and the knowledge that my parents and grandparents were real marxist revolutionaries, and exceptionally courageous and just persons, and that my own intelligence is in the order of 1 in 10.000.

In Holland, gifted thus, with parents and grandparents who were 3 of the very few real heroes of the Dutch resistance against Nazism, it is a miracle I am still alive, on minimal dole since 28 years, in continuous pain, with no help whatsoever, and indeed also a miracle I was not gassed in 1988  nor murdered for the benefit of the drugs mafia that has been protected now by the Dutch Labour Party since 1970.

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As to drugs in Amsterdam: The next item was never contradicted by any spokesman for the City of the drugsmafia protected by Dutch Labour aka Amsterdam, on line since the last millenium, known to at least three mayors, 5 aldermen, and 5 Dutch Ombudsmen (almost all in Dutch only):
As to education in the University of Amsterdam: These published satires of the University in Amsterdam, in Dutch and in English:
were never ccontradicted by anyone.

Enjoy as long as you may, for without a lot of luck there soon will concentration camps again in Holland, the foundations of which have been prepared by my generation of pseudos, frauds and political conmen dealing in delusions and deceptions, for their own advantage.


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P.S.
Necessary corrections and insertion of more links have to wait till tomorrow or later.

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komarof

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

2. Malcolm Hooper THE MENTAL HEALTH MOVEMENT:  
PERSECUTION OF PATIENTS?
3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
9.
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)



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