March 14, 2013

Two interesting websites by investigative journalists
About ME/CFS


I am still not sleeping enough, so this
is just a brief Nederlog that recommends two American websites that some of my readers may find interesting.


I found this site when looking for materials by or about Alex Carey, and mentioned it two days ago, when I described it as "what seems to be an interesting radio station":

  • ("TUC" = "Time of Useful Consciousness", explained on the site)

Well... it is and it is not: It is interesting, but it is less a radio station than a weekly one hour program that is broadcast by radio and available on the internet by way of the previous link and the following one, that lists a lot of interesting radio programs that were broadcast and are available on the internet:

It seems all to be the work of one American woman, Maria Gilardin, who has been doing this for a long time on a very small budget. What she has been doing is to record interesting ideas by speakers who are probably all on the left of the political spectrum - which I mention in case you wonder, and not because I necessarily disagree. [1]

I found the materials about Alex Carey quite interesting, and the same goes for talks you can find in the first link above by Bill Moyers and by Richard Grossman. (Links in this paragraph are to Wikipedia.)

She is also on Youtube:


I have repeatedly deplored the lack of real investigative journalism these days in Nederlog. This is a justified complaint, but there are still some investigative journalists apart from Glenn Greenwald, and here is a website by one of them, Robert Parry (<- Wikipedia link):

He is one of the journalists who investigated and uncovered the Iran-Contra affair (another was Gary Webb). Here is Parry on the subject, a couple of days ago:

This is a quite interesting story about two scandals that seem to have been even  dirtier than they seemed when first reported.

[1] As I have mentionmed several times in Nederlog and on my site, I come from a Dutch communist family. I gave up communism when I was 20, in 1970, and have since considered myself a classical liberal (in the sense of John Stuart Mill's "On Liberty", rather than in what was called "liberal" in the 20th C, that also covered a lot of different outlooks). I suppose I am morally "left of center", but my problems with the postmodern "left" are (1) that they have given up truth, realism and science for fashionable postmodern posturing, excellently hoaxed by Sokal, and (2) that most of the spokespersons for the left of my generation (early sixties) and younger were and are plain careerists rather than sincere persons. Then again, I do not think any better of those described as centrist, rightist or liberal: very few who become prominent in politics are honest, and most are in it for making a personal career, whatever they pretend. And my position is probably hard to get for anyone who does not know a lot about (i) Dutch politics (which is very dishonest, insincere, and careerist) and about (ii) analytic philosophy, philosophy of science and logic.

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 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)

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