ugust 2, 2013
Crisis: Stopping, Shocking, Elbow, Whistleblower!
  "Those who sacrifice liberty for
   security deserve neither."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
    "All governments lie and nothing
    they say should be believed.
   -- I.F. Stone.

1. Stopping the "Ever-Expanding Surveillance State"
2. 3 Shocking Revelations from NSA's Most Terrifying
     Program Yet
3. Glenn Greenwald Drops An Elbow On CNN Legal Analyst
     Jeffrey Toobin

4.  Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor? Poll Results
5.  Personal 

About ME/CFS


Sleeping did improve, some, lately. I did sleep more or less reasonably last night, but the weather turned really hot yesterday, locally, and it is presently 26.5 C in my living room, that is not in the sun, and it also is humid and there is no wind.

So I collapsed, which was quite foreseeable since I was quite young, and has little or nothing to do with M.E.: I just can't stand heat, especially not humid heat without wind.

Happily, it is going to be cooler tomorrow. And there is a file today, though it is briefer than yesterday's.

Today's file covers another good interview with Senator Ron Wyden; three shocking revelations about the NSA; and two good videos from TYT.

1. Stopping the "Ever-Expanding Surveillance State"

This is another good interview with Senator Ron Wyden, made by A.J. Vicens, for Mother Jones:
Here is one bit:

RW: If you look at [the House vote], all across the political spectrum, there was very substantial support for our basic point, which is that if you're out there collecting information so that you can figure out who was called and when they were called and where they were called, you basically are laying bare the personal lives of millions and millions of law-abiding Americans for bureaucrats and government contractors.

I think that we're going to prevail. Part of what we're trying to do is lay out what really happened. For example, I've been trying to get across that the intelligence leadership did not just keep the country in the dark. They actively misled the country on key issues. When you have someone who heads the NSA saying we don't hold data at all on US citizens, that's one of the most misleading statements I believe that's ever been made about surveillance policy. And I think that now we're starting to get that message across.

And here is another:
This is a unique time in our constitutional history. If we don't use this special historical period to reform American surveillance laws and practices, I believe our generation is going to live to regret it. A surveillance state that is taking away liberties and freedoms that the Founding Fathers established and doing it all without actually making anybody safer.
There is rather a lot more, and you'll have to use the link to read it.

2. 3 Shocking Revelations from NSA's Most Terrifying Program Yet

This is an interesting article by Steven Rosenfeld on Alternet: Here are the revelations:
1. Internet privacy is dead.
2. The security state has trumped the Constitution.
3. The security state’s defenders won’t stop lying.
But it is a good article, that supports each revelation, and also has more. (But incidentally: the - only - way to stop the constant lying is to prosecute the liars. There is plenty of evidence. You are not going to be lied to, over and again, by the same officials from the NSA - and if you are allowing this, then you may as well not be there.)

3.  Glenn Greenwald Drops An Elbow On CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey

Next, having had two pieces to read, here are two pieces to view. Both are videos by TYT:

This is quite amusing, and two of the good things of Cenk Uygur is that he doesn't mince words and is quite clear, both as opposed to nearly everyone else who presents news these days.

4. Snowden: Whistleblower or Traitor? Poll Results

Actually, this is a good defense by Cenk Uygur of the thesis that Edward Snowden is a whistleblower (and not traitor nor a spy):

I do not know what the Poll Results are doing in the title, but it is a good piece.

5. Personal

I agree it isn't very much, but it also is very warm where I am, and that never was good for me. (And what I put up is good.)

[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, that the governors do not rule, or at least, should not rule: The laws rule, and the government, if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn Greenwald:
It is more proper that law should govern than any one of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servants of the laws.
(And I note the whole file I quote from is quite pertinent.)

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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