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July 19, 2013
Crisis: The Snowden Effects 8
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin




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Sections
Introduction
1. Meditations While Painting Edward Snowden
2. A Portrait of the Leaker as a Young Man
3. Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the
     Edward Snowden Story

4. Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA
     Spying

5. Chris Hedges on Whether We Can Change Trajectory
     and Avert Collapse

6. Daniel Ellsberg
7. Personal
About ME/CFS

Introduction:

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

Anyway - and no, sleeping did not much improve, so far.

Today I have more on Snowden, whose portrait got painted
- and to start with I have three items on that, from various sources, and I start with a good essay by the painter. (You may well think three sections is "too much honor" but, firstly, I do not think so and, secondly, they are different. Also, you can skip.)

The other three items concern Glenn Greenwald, Chris Hedges and Daniel Ellsberg: The first on the positives sights he sees, with some justification; the second, on the overall negative sights he sees, again with some justification; and the third commenting on a trial that he won, but was recently defeated, as I reported yesterday. I publish the video because Ellsberg says true and important things.

1. Meditations While Painting Edward Snowden

First from the painter of a portrait of Edward Snowden, indeed also not an ordinary painter, for it is one in a long series of paintings of Americans who told the truth:
You get to see the painting by Robert Shetterly and read the essay, which is quite good.

2. A Portrait of the Leaker as a Young Man

Here is more from Common Dreams
on the same subject, namely in a good piece by Norman Solomon:
3. Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Emerging From Darkness, the
            Edward Snowden Story


And to end this brief series, here is the longest article, by Rebecca Solnit, who writes on TomDispatch, and does so rather interestingly:
Finally, as I said above: I do not think this is too much honor, but you are free to skip.

4. Glenn Greenwald: Growing Backlash Against NSA
            Spying


Next, Democracy Now! has another good interview with Glenn Greenwald:
This is again a good interview, and you also have the text under the link.

Greenwald makes a number of interesting points, one of which is that the right and the left do have common ground here, and oppose numerically few though powerful people.


5. Chris Hedges on Whether We Can Change Trajectory
            and Avert Collapse


Then there
is Chris Hedges, whom I picked up on Naked Capitalism, and who has interesting things to say, though he may not please many, because his news is not upbeat, though true:
There is a first part of a longer interview on Real News, and Hedges is, quite justifiedly in my opinion, not at all upbeat.

I do not know whether he is right, but no one does, and he certainly has the qualifications to be far more probably right on the topics he speaks about than most others.

This is a good interview, though one has to be a member of Real News to see all of it.


6. Daniel Ellsberg

Finally, a somewhat older interview with Daniel Ellsberg, on the occassion that he was quite glad having read 112 pages by Judge Kathleen Forrest, who knew the laws she is supposed to keep and use, and judged accordingly:


Two reasons for me to publish this is that the Obama goverment - as Ellsberg relates - immediately staged an appeal, which it eventually won, in a truly awful judgment I mentioned and linked yesterday, and that Ellsberg says quite a few true and important things.

7. Personal

In case you think there is little text today:

Yes, you're right - but the items are good, and speak for themselves, and I had to have my drainage repaired, which meanwhile has happened, quite unproblematically, but also quite importantly, for me.

And I am quite relieved, but also quite tired. Also, I have switched through the crisis series till today.

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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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