April 12, 2013

About the directories of my site + about Norman Finkelstein
1. Review of the directories of my site(s)
A little about Norman Finkelstein
About ME/CFS


Again, this is another brief Nederlog. And again, the main reason is not that I am ill, but that I am doing other things.

But I should start excusing myself for somehow having failed to upload yesterday's NL to my Danish site, which I do with this. Also, there was no reason for it other than forgetfulness.

So today is about a review of the directories of my site, and some other things, and about Norman Finkelstein.

In fact, this kind of subjects is mostly as it was from 1996-2009, when I wrote on this Nederlog or on this site without being bothered by much knowledge about ME/CFS. [1]

1. Review of the directories of my site(s)

I do try to keep all of my site together, even though it still is difficult (or impossible: this depends) to read it without adjustments, so I use Firefox with the colors adjusted, and namely so that everything gets #9999FF or #CCCCFF.

The first is purplish and the second
greyish, in case you don't know, and in fact the background of the present Nederlog is #CCCCFF. Here is a table to set the background colors that comes with KompoZer. It is the second from the right in the Predefined colors top row:

As I said, I can fix Firefox to make this automatic in any case, and normally do so, except that it gets to be #9999FF, which is the color of the cell under the one that is #CCCCFF.

That last color
#9999FF I can look at without many disturbances, these days, for it has been considerably worse, and I have had months where I only could look at dark green or dark brown backgrounds.

In any case... I have been sifting through my largest section Philosophy, and adjusted a few things, and also updated the directories some. The following file
is now the main outline or survey of my sites, where the "s" in "sites" is due to the fact that there are two, that are meant to be the same, and that exist in Holland and in Denmark. (In fact, I consider the second to be my main text.) 

A little about Norman Finkelstein

As I am getting a bit better as regards ME/CFS I have more of an inspiration to check out the internet. Also, the last is much more easy to do since I have fast internet, since the summer of 2009.

Most of my time since 2009 went into writing about ME/CFS, which was probably unwise, since it did not help me in any way - except for finding the mB12 protocol somewhere in 2011, that I got more or less right in March 2012, and that I then gave up on around August 2012, because meanwhile I had gotten keratoconjunctivitis sicca. [2]

That also has grown less, though it has by no means disappeared, and since then I can do a little more and look around some, and that is what I do now, having mostly given up on keeping a regular check on ME/CFS.

In fact, I have mostly - though not: totally - returned to how I spent my life from 1994 till 2009, which were 15 quite difficult years, because what remained of my health had mostly broken down between 1988 and 1992/3, and indeed gotten worse ca. 2000/2001.

The story of that is mostly in ME in Amsterdam in Dutch, and I am now a bit better than I was most of the years since the new century and the new millenium started, though I currently do have these two diseases
keratoconjunctivitis sicca and Dupuytren's Contracture.

Now to Norman Finkelstein. I think I got to him one of these last months through Alternet or truthdig, for I had not known about him before. He is Jewish, or at least his parents are, and the reason I am somewhat doubtful about his Jewishness is that he is an atheist, like I am. His parents were Jewish, and both survived Nazi concentration camps, with the rest of their families exterminated.

This also got Finkelstein's parents emigrated to the USA, where Finkelstein got born in 1953, three and a half years younger than I am, but decidedly older looking than I do.

My interest in him arose (1) through his participation in the debate about Israel and (2) through my own background, of two parents in the Dutch resistance against the Nazis, while my father's father, like my father, was arrested in June 1941, and eventually got  murdered in a German concentration camp.

Unlike Finkelstein I have not lost both of my families, though of my father's family I have only known his brother, and I do not quite know about my own percentage of being Jewish, nor does it interest me.

In any case: Norman Finkelstein does have considerable courage and I like what I have read from him, and this is my reason to be interested in him. [3]

[1] I really did not know much about it, nor did it interest me much, unless it would have been an insight that would promise a cure. At present, I know quite a lot about it, except that this is mostly as it was, albeit it with a a lot more detail: There is not much known about the disease, and as long as there is no valid explanation, chances are that there will be no cure.

That most of my time from 2009-2012 was spent on ME/CFS was probably unavoidable, and I did get one thing out of it, namely a useful and helpful mB12 protocol. It makes no sense to believe or pretend this is a cure, since there is not even any agreement about what causes ME/CFS, but it definitely does help me some, as is also expressed by the fact that now that I am using the supplements again, my condition went rather a lot better in a relatively short time, and I am rid again - for as long as it lasts - of some problems I have had repeatedly. (In fact, these problems suggest again that what I am suffering from is an auto-immune disease.)

Otherwise, I have to find out some more about him. Also, I probably will not be able to do much with knowing about him, but it is nice to know about someone who does not follow the Israeli line, and who has an indisputable Jewish background.

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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