April 14, 2013

About Gore Vidal + about advertisements + going for a walk
1. Gore Vidal
The advertisements have arrived...
3. On going for a walk
About ME/CFS


As before, yet another quite brief Nederlog.

1. Gore Vidal

I put up a series of Gore Vidal back in August. At the time, I did not know much about him - yes: I read a lot, but not of literature of the 20th C - and now I learned a bit more, and still think he is one of the few who had a real brain. (He  died last year, indeed before I got to know of him.)

Below there is one of the last interviews he gave, to the editor of The Real News, which you may be interested in if, unlike me, you can pay by the internet. Actually, I can't because I pay so little that I don't think it worthwhile to try to change this, especially since I have been hacked in the spring of 2009.

I might be interested in paying them (except for the next point: see below) because I do think they seem to be a good news sender, and one does need something like papers to bring the news: It cannot be done by one private person. Or rather: It can be done by private persons - but with fairly rare exceptions not as good as it can be done by real journalists working together and getting paid.

But on to my subject, which I give you in a second after unloading the following quote that I owe to a piece of writing of Vidal, but which is in fact by Berman:

"...we have entered the Dark Ages in earnest, pursuing a short-sighted path that can only accelerate our decline. For what we are now seeing are the obvious characteristics of the West after the fall of Rome: the triumph of religion over reason; the atrophy of education and critical thinking; the integration of religion, the state, and the apparatus of torture—a troika that was for Voltaire the central horror of the pre-Enlightenment world; as well as, today, the political and economic marginalization of our culture…"

You may disagree, but I am glad I was born in 1950 rather than 2000. Then again, I do hope I am mistaken. Here is a good interview with Gore Vidal:
2.  The advertisements have arrived...

The last two days I am getting again and again and again advertisements on my computer.

I have done all I could do to avoid them (and that is one of the main reasons why I am in my 43rd year of TV-lessness: I do not want this shit) but now I got this awful disgusting and horrible crap by "xs4all", in fact a subsidiary of "KPN", that seems to be a subsidiary of the richest man on earth, Carlos Slim.

So far, I have avoided watching them: As soon as one appears I switch off the sound, and wait for four seconds - which are stolen from me by "xs4all": I never asked them for this, and they do it to get even more money - to press the button that says "Skip Ads".

I think it is a shame and I think it is a horror, but I don't know whether I will write to "xs4all", for the simple reason that the folks who work there are one of my reasons to be so very glad that I am not of their age: They don't care, they don't object, their IQs are around 50 points lower than mine, and it is all very probably utterly useless for a mere individual to insist these days that his individual rights be maintained rather than sold to the highest bidder.

Then again, I have not asked for this total shit, and
I think the least I should get is total freedom of use, rather than to have to pay 30 euros 50 cent a month for the "privilege" of getting a spouter of unlimited amounts of the most awful ads. (And all are: Don't you believe any ad is honest.)

Anyway... I don't know yet what I want to do about this. (It is not that I fear writing to "xs4all": it is the almost certain loss of time, trouble, and integrity.)

3. On going for a walk

I did go for a walk this afternoon, and found out, to my considerable surprise, I could have left my coat at home.

This was quite surprising, and the Vondelpark was truly full, while there were even now - April 14 ! - at most half of the narcisses flowering.

However, my reason to write this down is not my surprise, nor the lateness of flowering, but the fact that I haven't done so for over a year: I just saw that my first notification of "burning eyes" is in my private files of late March last year.

Ever since then it has been growing worse, at least until November, since when it has been improving, slowly.  And it was only today that I could take a fairly leisurely walk...

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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