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June 6, 2013
Crisis: Varia: On a lot of mostly awful stories
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Sections

Introduction
1. NSA verzamelt telefoon-data van miljoenen Amerikanen
2. Miljarden-verlies voor SNS Reaal - 'angstaanjagend veel geld'
3. Schurkenhandelaren
4. Zijlstra: Kabinet moet bezuinigen op zorg, uitkeringen en toeslagen
5.
Digital economy work for free - and I refuse
6.
The race for what's left:
The Global Scamble for the World's Last Resources

7.
NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily
8.
6 Reasons Your Apple Product Has Become Very Uncool
9.
'Beyond Orwellian'
10.
The World Economy Is A Ticking Timebomb
11.
Chavismo: The Crack Up?
12.
Rechter: coffee-shops hebben onnodige schade geleden door wietpas
13.
Advies Bestuursdienst Gemeente Amsterdam:
Advies Vergoedingrsregeling Commisies.

14. Totalling it all up...

About ME/CFS



Introduction:

Well... I believe I am still somewhat paying back my walk of nearly six weeks ago, but I also seem to be getting out of it.

Tonight I slept 8 hours, but did so on two sleeping pills, the second taken when I work up after 3 hours, at 4.30.

So... it's not going too well, since I do not want to use double sleeping pills. But since I normally go to bed with - at least - aching legs, I more or less have to take a pill to sleep.

Anyway. After the earlier FAQs - 1999 file of today, here is another experiment, that has been induced by finding too many things to sensibly comment:

Today - this second time - I link in 13 files, with almost no comments, and only a few quotations.

There also is a section 14, with a brief comment.

1. NSA verzamelt telefoon-data van miljoenen Amerikanen

This is Dutch, and about the total lack of any decency of the US goverment: That the NSA collects the telephone data of millions of Americans, is the title.

See section 7 for The Guardian's take.

2. Miljarden-verlies voor SNS Reaal - 'angstaanjagend veel geld'

Another Dutch one: A relatively minor bank that looses nearly a billion (a thousand million dollars). Nobody seems to do anything.

3. Schurkenhandelaren


Part of how one is tricked if one is not a bankmanager, again in Dutch. (And no: These are not "brilliant people": these are people without a conscience.)

4. Zijlstra: Kabinet moet bezuinigen op zorg, uitkeringen en toeslagen

One of the Dutch class of leading political degenerates proposes to do yet more austerities. For the rich managers, you ask? No, for those with minimal incomes anyway.

5. Digital economy work for free - and I refuse

This is the first English piece of text in this review, by Suzanne Moore. OK... here are two of its paragraphs:

The implosion of the middle class produces instability. We cannot all be freelancers for ever. Freelance work, like interning, is fine if you have the funds to manage without a regular income. That is, if you are already wealthy. But the digital economy operates as a kind of sophisticated X Factor. Someone will make it, sure. For more than 15 seconds even, maybe. But most won't. This is why Lanier says the internet may destroy the middle classes, the people who can't outspend the elite. And without that middle group, we cannot maintain a democracy.

He sees musicians and artists and journalists as canaries in the mineshaft of this new economy. Who will pay them? "Is this the precedent we want to follow for our doctors and lawyers and nurses and everybody else? Because, eventually, technology will get to everybody."

6. The race for what's left: The Global Scamble for the World's Last Resources

This is the review of a book of that title, by Michael Klare. Here is one paragraph:
The case Klare makes is dire but simple: There are no longer any essential resources for economic expansion or survival that are abundant, accessible and safe to obtain. The natural assets that form the core of 21st century life include oil, gas, precious metals, rare earth minerals, land and water—although water is covered here primarily in connection to the use or extraction of other resources, like fracking gas from shale rock. Geological stores will increasingly be the trump cards in international relations—more than ideology and religion, which have been at the core of most tension and conflicts for decades. Belief and politics will diminish in importance as the demand and need for food, energy and the elements that keep economic production humming increase.
He is supposed to have done his work really well, the reviewer says.

7. NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

This is The Guardian on the same topic as section 1. Three paragraphs:

The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.

Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.

And the last two paragraphs:

In the mid-1970s, Congress, for the first time, investigated the surveillance activities of the US government. Back then, the mandate of the NSA was that it would never direct its surveillance apparatus domestically.

At the conclusion of that investigation, Frank Church, the Democratic senator from Idaho who chaired the investigative committee, warned: "The NSA's capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn't matter."

8. 6 Reasons Your Apple Product Has Become Very Uncool

I merely list it, and never owned an Apple. (Three reasons: No money. No faith. Too small.)

9. 'Beyond Orwellian'

First paragraph, again on the NSA's heist on millions :
Outrage and rebuke are flying after explosive news broke late Wednesday that the National Security Agency, claiming authority under the Patriot Act and using a secret court order, has demanded (and been receiving) millions of phone records from Verizon which include all the company's "telephony metadata" for all its US-based customers over a three month period.
And the fourth and fifth paragraphs:

Breaking the story, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald said the document shows "for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing."

"It is beyond Orwellian, and it provides further evidence of the extent to which basic democratic rights are being surrendered in secret to the demands of unaccountable intelligence agencies." - ACLU

As to 'Beyond Orwellian': I quite agree. Either the leaders of the US are supermen, or they are supercriminals.

10. The World Economy Is A Ticking Timebomb

This is by Richard Eskow, some of my readers may know from TYT. Originally, it is for "Campaign for America's Future". Here are a few paragraphs:

“Prices are driven to silly levels,” Kay says, “but everyone makes a load of money in the meantime, and then you get a correction.”

What is known as a “correction” in financial parlance is better understood by most people as a recession or depression resulting in lost jobs, wealth, health, and security.   The lords of finance have been disarmingly frank about this money-making strategy at times.

“We actually benefit from downturns,” JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon reporters he had explained downturns to his seven-year-old daughter by saying they’re “something that happens every five to seven years.”

In case you haven’t been counting, the last crisis occurred five years ago.

11. Chavismo: The Crack Up?

Some of my readers probably think I am a bit cynical. Well... I do not say "NO!", though it depends much on your definition. In any case, I have not been a believer in the Venezuelan Experiment - but then it is far from my bed, and Chavez himself probably meant well, and I do certainly not think better of his opponents.

Here is the last paragraph in  a New York Times article - and Mario Silva is a former presentator on TV who fled to Cuba, and about whom you can read rather a lot more in the article:
And what of the millions of Venezuelans who believed desperately in their comandante over the course of fourteen years, now that the actors in this grim play are busy trying to set each other on fire? Sustained by the income from a record hike in oil prices, Chavista universities, neighborhood organizations, women’s cooperatives, folk-dance associations, and local health clinics prospered under Chávez’s gaze. The poor were suddenly much less poor. In exchange, every time their leader called for a rally, they put on their chavista-red t-shirts and handkerchiefs and showed up by the thousands. They were asked to vote for a dying man and they did so. They were asked to vote for his hapless successor and they obeyed. Asked to believe that Chávez had visited Maduro after death in the form of a chirping bird—a tweet from the great beyond—they did not protest. Now they are being asked to keep the faith as their adored leader proves impossible to replace. Meanwhile, the opposition continues to promise that the missing half of Mario Silva’s song of woe will be played soon.
12. Rechter: coffee-shops hebben onnodige schade geleden door wietpas

Back to Holland and to Dutch.
Please Note Foreigners:

Dealing in drugs is illegal in Holland, and always has been, since the 1950ies. KEEPING it illegal ONLY serves the dealers AND the mayors, aldermen and district attorneys who protect them, for the latter have to sign personal allowances for the former. (Turnover: At least 10.000 million dollars each year, only in soft drugs, since 1980, on average.)
Having said that, this concerns a piece of typically Dutch "justice":

The criminal owners of the coffee-shops - all allied to the mayors, aldermen and district attorneys - have now found a Dutch judge, who may very well be a direct descendant of the utterly corrupt Dutch Nazi Supreme Court, all of whom collaborated, none of whom was ever prosecuted, who declared, in a legal case, that they all are entitled to repayment by the Dutch State.

My goodness! Now the Dutch judiciary shameslessy serves the interests of drugs-criminals none of them ever had since 1980 the guts to persecute!!

13. Advies Bestuursdienst Gemeente Amsterdam: Advies Vergoedingrsregeling Commisies.

The item I found on Geen Stijl.

Vergadering bijwonen in 020: Katsjing. 1500 euro

Pluchepaniek in Amsterdam. De volstrekt overbodige bestuurslaag van de Stadsdelen moet van minister Plasterk worden opgeheven.
(..)
Vinden de Amsterdamse regenten niet zo tof, dus vervangen zij de stadsdeelraden voor 'bestuurscommissies'. Gewoon precies hetzelfde qua baantjesmachine maar dan nóg nuttelozer want minder bevoegdheden. Hoe schaamteloos burgerhatend en lachwekkend incompetent kun je zijn als stad? Nou we hebben het over de Amsterdamse lokale politiek dus dat kan veel, véél erger. De tandeloze surrogaatstadsdelen commissies gaan zichzelf per persoon 1300 tot 1500 euro taxpoet toebedelen PER VERGADERING. Presentielijst tekenen = maandsalaris pakken.
(..)
Details van de regeling vindt u hierrr (pdf).
(..)

Which is to say that those who systematically refused to answer for many years me about drugs or my disease, each get twice my monthly income for visiting one meeting. Actually, it is even MUCH better than that, for these criminals, if you read Dutch and read the pdf... everything is declared there, up to the taxes  on their free driving, free computers, and free what not!

Amazing thiefs, amazing etceteras - these folks are not human if I am. (Correction: They are as human as the judges and politicians Stalin used during "The Great Terror", which is a great, though quite frightening book, that is  probably also about the none too far future, and is by Robert Conquest.)

14. Totalling it all up...

I hope you enjoyed the above items at least as much as I did.

Well, actually I enjoyed none of it, but that is "the news", and I all found it today.

There is a lot more I could say, but here and now I only say that I am lucky I made 63 without being involved in a war and while living in almost the richest country on earth, even though I was ill for 35 years, and had the lowest possible income, and did not get any help whatsoever.

And yes, I got kicked off the university for asking perfectly rational questions, and  yes, I have been asking now since 1988 for any decent reply to my many  complaints about being gassed and threatened with murder by the drugsdealers (ex-)mayor Van Thijn protected and protects.

That's the state of the civilization I live in, and it is no wonder it is unravelling.
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P.S. Jun 7, 2013: I corrected a few small typos and added some links.

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)

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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