March 7, 2013

Crisis: On civilization and capitalism in the US
"Stupidity and egoism are the roots of all vice."
-- Buddha [note]

"If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago. The theory is plain enough; but they are prone to mischief, "to every good work reprobate."
-- William Hazlitt


1. On civilization and capitalism in the US
About ME/CFS


The trouble with my eyes is roughly the same, so this is a very brief Nederlog, that in fact is a very graphical illustration of what is wrong with the US.

This is a quite striking video that I found here, that is a good follow-up of yesterday's Nederlog On Chomsky on civilization and capitalism.

I have not checked the statistics, but if true, as is probably the case, some stunning changes have taken place the last 30 years, that included Reagain and Thatcher's rule and the rule of the Bushes in the US: Behold. [1]

1. On civilization and capitalism

This is presented as "One of the Most Powerful Portrayals of What Has Happened to America That You Will Ever Seen". Judge for yourself: It takes 6 minues and 24 seconds.

There is little to add, but much to contemplate... [2]


[1] I did make some changes and added some links in yesterday's Nederlog, and added note [6]. Note that the difference between Chomsky's position and the above video is that Chomsky wrote of the possible very dire consequences of  environmental catastrophy. The above video charts a moral, socio-economical and political catastrophy, that has arrived - if indeed the statistics that are given are mostly correct, as I believe they are, but have not checked.

[2] Such as: Those most responsible are the political leaders that ruled the US between 1980 and 2008: it happened on their watch, and mostly, it seems, because of the deregulations they helped introduce - and I did not include Obama because he can be trusted to do better, but because he did not make the mess he also did not manage to clean up, so far. For more on this site, see the crisis series - currently a series of 156 files on the subject written since September 2008.

About ME/CF
(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 Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

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)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

       home - index - summaries - mail