July 14, 2013
Crisis: Varia - The Snowden Effects - 3
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
      security deserve neither."
         -- Benjamin Franklin

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1. About the Reuters article
Asylum? Edward Snowden's Letters from Russia
3. Telecoms Charge HUGE Bucks For Every Wiretap
4. Propaganda on NSA Spying & Snowden Not Working
About ME/CFS


It still is the case that sleeping remains quite difficult for me. This also makes my life rather difficult, at the moment.

Anyway. This is a follow up to today's earlier "Characteristics: in the manner of Rochefoucault's maxims", which is a book by William Hazlitt (1772-1830), of whom there are several books on my site (and those who get to the first page of Table Talk should click on the right pointing arrow: It really is all there, both volumes, and the right pointing arrow leads to a survey).

The previous file of today also is over 400 Kb, and it is Sunday, and I again slept a mere 5 hours, so I'll somewhat limit today's
crisis stuff to a few items, that are about Snowden or about wiretapping.

1. About the Reuters article

The first item is by Glenn Greenwald:
Basically, it's about the ordinary media's approach to Snowden, and indeed also to Greenwald. In Greenwald's words, who is objecting to a Reuter's interview:
Like everything in the matter of these NSA leaks, this interview is being wildly distorted to attract attention away from the revelations themselves. It's particularly being seized on to attack Edward Snowden and, secondarily, me, for supposedly "blackmailing" and "threatening" the US government. That is just absurd.
Yes indeed - although "absurd" is forgiving: It's not nice and quite dangerous if your nominal fellow-journalists want to arrest you or have you arrested, and that also merely because you acted like a real journalist.

But indeed that is the climate in the present US:

Before Snowden's identity was revealed as the whistleblower here, I wrote:

"Ever since the Nixon administration broke into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychoanalyst's office, the tactic of the US government has been to attack and demonize whistleblowers as a means of distracting attention from their own exposed wrongdoing and destroying the credibility of the messenger so that everyone tunes out the message. That attempt will undoubtedly be made here."

That's what all of this is. And it's all it is: an ongoing effort to distract attention away from the substance of the revelations.
Again yes - and again, it is quite forgiving: The folks who do this, that is, currently the majority of "journalists" are betraying their function and tasks.

This is dealt with in the next item

2. Asylum? Edward Snowden's Letters from Russia

This is a video by The Young Turks, that discusses several topics:
It starts with the letter, that I have printed already, but quickly moves to a fourpart discussion of Snowden's current problems.
The difficulties for Snowden are: How does he get from Moscow to Caracas, and meanwhile, where does he stay? And another question: How does he pay?

I have no solutions and no answers, but he has been offered asylum in Venezuela, and also a temporary asylum in Russia, and in so far as I understood, he is staying for a while in Russia, until he has a safe way to fly to Caracas.

It will not be easy, for indeed - as the video also points out - he is not dealing with legal or moral players, and those who counter him are capable of anything, and very powerful.

3. Telecoms Charge HUGE Bucks For Every Wiretap

Then there is this quite nice item, also from The Young Turks, also a video:
This I clearly had not given the amount of thought Ana Kasparian gave to it, and she discovered something quite interesting:

The Telecoms are not only - it seems quite often, as with Microsoft: very enthusiastically - cooperating with the US government, which indeed they also may have a legal duty to do (though this seems murky water to me, especially in case of all-out wiretapping of everyone): they also make a pretty penny with it:

As Kasparian says: "In essence, the government is using our taxpayer dollars, to basically spy on us, which is incredible". Thus, it calculates as follows:

Actually, there may be a small difference, in that these seem to have been wiretaps that had been asked for - but one may take it as given that (i) the phone companies collaborate with wiretapping and (ii) get very well paid for that collaboration, which (iii) in the end comes from the US taxpayers.

4. Propaganda on NSA Spying & Snowden Not Working

This is the last item, also by TYT. It's about the reception Snowden receives, and argues that, in the circumstances, this is quite good:
This is a good take by Cenk Uygur on what he calls "the wall of propaganda" against Snowden. He also is encouraged by the result of a recent investigation:

The reason he takes a lot of courage from this is that he interprets it as if the U.S. people are not taken in about Snowden.

Personally, I am a bit less optimistic, but I grant it is something, in view of the massive wall of
propaganda that's directed against Snowden - where any cowardly "journalistic" idiot, who never has done anything worthwile in his or her life other than smile at cameras and mouth "the news", can claim on TV Snowden must be arrested, persecuted and what not.

No: He is a whistleblower who revealed the vastly illegal and criminal activities of the current and past U.S. governments.

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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