ugust 7, 2013
Crisis: Two months of Snowden's Revelations
  "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. Two months of Snowden's Revelations
2. Today's findings
3. And now what?
About ME/CFS


Actually, there may be a few changes, though I am not sure.

For one thing, this is the first time in nearly 3 weeks, I think, that the thermometer in the room I am forced to spend nearly all my life in is not higher than 23.5, which is for me the limit of bearable. For another thing, I did sleep somewhat decently last night, and feel a bit better than I did in a long time. And for a third thing, there is today not much news that relates to Snowden's revelations.

So I am standing back a little bit.

1. Two months of Snowden's Revelations

I started with Snowden's revelations, although I did not know it, today two months ago, on June 7, in
That the revelations were Snowden's work became clear to me three days later:
Since then, I have used Nederlog mostly to discuss the further revelations and discussions about them, and used them for little else, except for my Dutch autobiography, that is of little interest to most, and that is indeed also in Dutch.

In fact, an earlier file of today was the latest autobiographical addition, and the main reason to write the present file is that I - sort of - promised an English file - except that I can today not find much that is relevant to the revelations or to Snowden.

Now this may well be accidental, but in fact most of the news I gathered the last two months, which I think I did well, related to Snowden's revelations.

Let me first cite the files I did find (and yes: as is usual I am also not mentioning some).

2. Today's findings

There are two relevant findings, both due to Glenn Greenwald. The first is his own file in the Guardian:
This starts of as follows:
President Obama today canceled a long-scheduled summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in part because the US president is upset that Russia defied his personal directive to hand over Edward Snowden.
And it continues with quoting a number of cases where the U.S. refused to extradite people they cover, to conclude, quite correctly, that
The US constantly refuses requests to extradite - even where (unlike Russia) they have an extradition treaty with the requesting country and even where (unlike Snowden) the request involves actual, serious crimes, such as genocide, kidnapping, and terrorism.
Indeed, though the main news seems to be that Obama is loosing his cool: He doesn't have that many occasions to speak the Russian leader, and it seems unwise to refuse to speak to him over what he insists is a small matter (and if it is not a small matter it still is unwise).

The other item I wanted to mention is also mentioned by Greenwald and is the following item, by professor Jay Rosen:
According to Greenwald this is "a superb essay". I read it, but am less impressed. I will quote the ending to show why:

Let me go back to my unanswered question:

Can there even be an informed public and consent-of-the-governed for decisions about electronic surveillance, or have we put those principles aside so that the state can have its freedom to maneuver?

People who make a career in journalism cannot pretend to neutrality on a matter like that. If a free society needs them — and I think it does — it needs them to stand strongly against the eclipse of informed consent.
First, the "unanswered question", that indeed also was raised in the beginning of the text, consists of two questions, and these questions are none too clear, though they are answerable:

The first question, before the or, is answered by saying that (1) clearly there is, in legal principle, and so far, except that (2) most of the media don't do such discussions anymore.

The second question, after the or, is answered by saying that (1) it is not that these principles have been put aside: it is that they just are not raised, so that (2) the state does have the freedoms it assigned to itself, even if it assigned it to itself illegally, and in secret.

And second, while I agree with the conclusion, professor Rosen may well have missed that,
at least these days, most of the "[p]eople who make a career in journalism" do not seem to be defenders of a free society, anymore, for if they were there would be much more talk and protests.

So while I do not disagree, I am not much impressed, and indeed professor Rosen seems to see problems where I see mostly people who refuse to do their job as real journalists, and who get away with that because that is the fashion, and is also much easier, and perhaps also is a lot more remunerative.

And now what?

This seems a fair question in the circumstances, especially because I still have problems with my eyes, that also still force me to use a tweaked screen, and because I have - mostly - tracked Snowden's revelations for two months now, and written about few other things.

The brief answer is that I have no idea: It all depends.

[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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