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July 20, 2013
Crisis: Greenwald, Risen, Hedges, Washington's Blog
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin




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Sections
Introduction
1. Glenn Greenwald
2. James Risen
3. Chris Hedges

4. Washington's Blog
5. 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 nothing - directly - on Snowden, so I haven't mentioned him in my title either. But I do have four crisis items, which I report again with little text, because it is warm and I am tired.


1. Glenn Greenwald

First, there is Glenn Greenwald's latest, who also is having a little vacation:

Then again, this is relevant: News on Bradley Manning; on the FISA "court" rubberstamping another "request" to Verizon to hand over its data to the NSA;  Obama's U.S. DoJ argueing the ACLU's complaints can't even been heard in court; we have a deputy assistant attorney general, Brian Hauck, testifying in a court to the following effect about the "rights" of U.S. citizens:
"'Mr. Hauck acknowledged that Americans targeted overseas do have rights, but he said they could not be enforced in court either before or after the Americans were killed.'"
- and that's just half of the points Glenn Greenwald makes.

2. James Risen

Next, there is the anyway pretty insane case against James Risen, who simply did his job as a journalist - which an American judge now says he should not have done, and he should disclose his sources, while at the same time admitting CIA people to disguise themselves in court:

The court uttered this opinion, 2-1:
"There is no First Amendment testimonial privilege, absolute or qualified, that protects a reporter from being compelled to testify by the prosecution or the defense in criminal proceedings about criminal conduct that the reporter personally witnessed or participated in, absent a showing of bad faith, harassment, or other such non-legitimate motive."
This means fundamentally that journalists are responsible for the cases they merely report?! Simply because the U.S. government declares what they are reporting on is supposedly "criminal"?! Cough up your sources, or you'll be imprisoned?! You are a criminal if we claim that what you're reporting on is a crime?!

How does this differ from a police state, indeed?

3. Chris Hedges

I was glad to see at Naked Capitalism that they - or Yves Smith - have put up a new installment of the fine interview Chris Hedges gave to the Real News
I also saw that Hedges defines himself as "a socialist" - which I can imagine, in  his circumstances, but which indeed has another meaning than the same term has in European terms.

Then again, this is very well worth seeing, and Hedges is not at all optimistic, and indeed neither am I, and possibly even less so, since I agree more with Yves Smith than with Chris Hedges. Then again, there is one caveat:


4. Washington's Blog

Finally, there is Washington's Blog, that has a fine piece on the money that the US government simply spent and can't account for, since 2000 or so:
This one of the reasons this has to come to a stop, somehow. The US at present is not only ruled by illegal spies: it is ruled by people who can't even get the sums add up: Trillions upon trillions of dollars are simply "missing" - they mystically "disappeared"

Note - it is true - this is over a period of some 15 years, but it is enormous amounts of essentially missing money - which again means: That the ordinary U.S. taxpayers, now and in the future, has to pay.

Meanwhile, the debt is over 16 trillion dollars... and you simply can't go one like this. This has to stop somehow.

5. Personal

As it happens, I yesterday got something done that was quite important for me, the preparations for which in fact took me two months, that were quite hard for me, while also summer seems to have broken loose with tropical temperatures in Holland, so there is a possibility - not a certainty - I will be reporting less the coming week or two
.

In fact, it mostly depends on the weather: If it gets over 23.5 degrees Celsius, I collapse, especially if that goes on for days or weeks.

I will have to see, and so have you, though I will do what I can. But if the temperature gets 25, 27, 30 or more degrees, for days on end, I will not be able to do much, and indeed in that case I simply will not do much: Then I cannot.

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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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