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  September
18, 2013
Crisis: Snowden, Obama 2x, Holder, American soldier
  "They who can give up essential 
   liberty to obtain a little temporary
   safety, deserve neither liberty
   nor safety."
   -- Benjamin Franklin [1]
   "All governments lie and nothing
   they say should be believed.
"
   -- I.F. Stone.










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Sections
Introduction
1. Snowden in Top Running for Prestigious EU Human Rights Award
2. Obama Admits: Top One Percent Is Winning, Poor are Losing On His Watch
3.
As Budget Fight Looms, Obama Sees Defiance in His Own Party
4. Will Eric Holder guarantee NSA reporters' first amendment rights?
5. Soldier Shows Us What A Real American Believes In
About ME/CFS

Introduction

There is again not much crisis news, but I did find five items, although I have got to admit that the fifth is mostly a feel good item and does not have much relevance to the crisis. 

1.  Snowden in Top Running for Prestigious EU Human Rights Award 

First, a piece by Sarah Lazare on Common Dreams:

It starts thus:

Former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden is in top running for the Sakharov Prize, a prestigious human rights award handed out by the European Parliament and whose past recipients include Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Snowden, currently living in Russia with temporary asylum status, was nominated for the honor by the European Green Party.

There is more, and I should say I like the idea:

Clearly, he is a special guy who did what few did, and he still runs a great risk, namely of ending up in an American jail, for a very long time. Also, any nomination he will get, will increase his status.

2. Obama Admits: Top One Percent Is Winning, Poor are Losing On His Watch

Next, the first of two items on Obama. It is by the same writer for the same source as the previous item, but that is coincidence:
This starts as follows:
Five years after the financial collapse, President Obama admitted Sunday that his administration has overseen a deepening gulf between rich and poor, with 95 percent of all income gains going to the top one percent since the so-called "recovery" began in 2009.

Appearing on the Sunday morning show of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Obama was pressed by the host to respond to a recent study by University of California researchers that shows the rich have gotten richer while the poor continue to languish.

I say. But he did it. Why he did it the story does not explain. Perhaps it is related to the next item:

3.  As Budget Fight Looms, Obama Sees Defiance in His Own Party

This is by Peter Baker and Jeremy Peters, and it is for the New York Times:

And this starts thus:
For four years, President Obama counted on fellow Democrats to rally to his side in a series of epic battles with Republicans over the direction of the country. But now, deep in his fifth year in office, Mr. Obama finds himself frustrated by members of his own party weary of his leadership and increasingly willing to defy him.

In recent weeks, disgruntled Democrats, particularly liberals, have bolted from the White House on issues like National Security Agency surveillance policies, a planned military strike on Syria and the potential choice of Lawrence H. Summers to lead the Federal Reserve. In private, they often sound exasperated describing Mr. Obama’s operation; in public, they are sometimes only a little more restrained.
There's also this:
“If you read the papers, you almost think the Republicans are in control,” said Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and vigorously opposed Mr. Summers until he withdrew from consideration. “They’re constantly on the offensive. Democrats are on the defensive.”
There is considerably more, over 2 pages, but it doesn't conclude anything. In any case, this development is somewhat of an improvement, in my opinion.

4.
Will Eric Holder guarantee NSA reporters' first amendment rights?

This is by John Cusack who writes for the Guardian:
He starts as follows:

Another week and another wave of stories on the NSA and the unconstitutional out-of-control surveillance state hit the digital newsstands, showing once again why the tide is turning. Some revelations are so surreal, it's hard not to assume they're satire. NSA chief Keith Alexander seems to be modeling his ambitions and visions for domestic and international spying after General Curtis LeMay's views on nuclear war.

Meanwhile, despite the massive smear campaign against Edward Snowden, opinion polls stand clearly with the truth-tellers. People know they have a right to know what the government is doing in their names. State secrecy is on the run, while American privacy, long rumored dead, is alive and kicking and wants the fight out in the open – in the sunlight and in the public square. they have a right to know what the government is doing in their names.

There is rather a lot more, and it is a good piece, though Cusack does not answer the title's question - as is indeed to be expected, given the fact that Holder has run a justice department that has done very little to protect whistleblowers or to attack the big banks or indeed to control the many illegal things the NSA has done and is doing.

5.
Soldier Shows Us What A Real American Believes In

Finally, an item by The Young Turks, that is only 3 min 21 secs, and shows an American soldier's reaction to someome uttering anti-muslim sentiments:

The soldier didn't know he was being filmed.
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P.S. Sep 19, 2013: Added a link and corrected a misspelling.
Note
[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)

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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