"They who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin 
| "All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
1. The war on
whistleblowers and journalism
2. The People Win as Lawrence Summers Trades
Power For Wealth
companies remain silent over legality of NSA data collection
4. Robert Reich Exposes the
Staggering Inequality in the USA
There is again not much
crisis news, but I did find four items, some of which - e.g. 1 and 4 -
promise more. Also, this was prepared earlier in the day than is usual,
and there is a fifth item with some personal remarks, that have nothing
to do with the crisis.
The war on whistleblowers and journalism
The first item of today is
a brief piece by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian:
It is a
brief piece, and consists mostly of the reference to an interview he
had, with several others, including Julian Assange, that I have not
seen yet, for it is over 1 1/2 hours.
treat this tomorrow (depending) and here say only that John Cusack's
piece I praised yesterday, is also recommended today by Glenn Greenwald.
2. The People Win as Lawrence Summers
Trades Power For Wealth
Next, another piece on Larry Summers' giving
up on being the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. It is by Robert
Scheer on Truth Dig:
The People Win as Lawrence Summers Trades
Power For Wealth
This starts as follows:
There is considerably more on
the gentleman, that includes this:
Poor Lawrence Summers, he
doesn’t get to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, aka the czar of the
world’s economic order. It would have been the penultimate reward for a
career advanced by a string of stunning failures, but this time around
some key senators needed to confirm the president’s likely choice had
the gumption to say they would not be fooled again.
Summers, who led the
wrecking crew destroying the sensible regulation of the banking
industry when he served as President Clinton’s Treasury secretary, was
inexplicably picked by President Obama as his top adviser on salvaging
an economy that Summers had done so much to destroy.
Note the costs of "$120,000 for every U.S. household" plus the fact that nearly all of that money
is going to "the richest 1 percent" - who did extremely well, and should thank
In a key study of income
inequality, economists at Berkeley and Oxford concluded that by 2012,
when Obama was being re-elected, the richest 1 percent had skimmed off
an astounding 95 percent of the gains in income since the official end
of the recession in 2009. Thanks to the government program that bailed
out the richest while sacrificing the rest, the top 1 percent acquired
the biggest share of income since 1928, the previous high point of
American income inequality.
In short, the government
bailout program begun by Bush and continued by Obama under Summers’
guidance made the financial industry culprits whole, while abandoning
the rest of America. Yet the “Costs and Consequences of the 2007-09
Financial Crisis,” according to a report last week from the Dallas
Federal Reserve, is upward of $14 trillion, or the equivalent of
$120,000 for every U.S. household.
Does one have to worry about him, now that he missed the chance of
chairman of the Federal Reserve? Not really:
I think that is the right
As for Summers’ future,
not to worry; after he left the Clinton administration and before
signing up with the Obama White House, he admits to having added upward
of $31 million to his wealth. Last week, with his Fed nomination still
open, he had to pull back from one of his lucrative Citigroup speaking
gigs, but now he is back in play. For Lawrence Summers, it should be
remembered, “No Shame, No Gain.”
3. Phone companies remain silent over
legality of NSA data
Next is a piece by Ed
Pilkington in the Guardian, who raised an interesting question:
Here is the beginning if his
Well... I suspect they have
clones of Larry Summers as their CEOs:
telecommunications companies are refusing to say whether they accept
that the bulk collection of their customers' phone records by the
National Security Agency is lawful.
The phone companies are
continuing to guard their silence over the controversial gathering of
metadata by the NSA, despite the
increasingly open approach by those at the center of the bulk surveillance
programme. On Tuesday the secretive foreign
intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court declassified its legal
reasoning for approving the NSA telephone metadata program periodically
over the past six years.
telecoms giant that was revealed in June to be under a secret Fisa
court order to hand over details of the phone records of millions of
its US customers, was one of the firms that declined to answer Guardian
questions relating to the legality of the scheme. AT&T, Sprint and
T-Mobile US also declined to comment.
Surely they can answer this question without going to jail, so
they do not want to answer it. Next, from the fact that they do
not want to answer the question, it is a fairly straight inference that
they either do not care at all for the privacy of their many millions
of customers, or indeed are for breaking it: speaking into their phones
= surrendering your data to the NSA.
As Pilkington ends (who did not go as far as I did - but I do seem to
be on quite safe grounds):
decision not to comment on any aspect of the NSA dragnet puts them in a
increasingly peculiar position. By withholding their internal views
from the public, they are setting themselves apart from equivalent
internet firms that are taking a more bullish stance, and are shrouding
themselves in more secrecy than even the Fisa court, one of the most
tight-lipped institutions in the country.
4. Robert Reich Exposes the Staggering Inequality
in the USA
Next, an item there will be more about, namely a film with Robert
Reich. This report is on Alternet, and is by Bill Moyers and Jacob
Here is the first paragraph:
Bill Moyers speaks
to Jacob Kornbluth, director of Inequality for All,
a new documentary film about how America’s widening income gap is a
threat — not only to the viability of our workforce, but also to the
foundations of our democracy. The film features economic analyst and
former Clinton cabinet member Robert Reich, who uses humor and facts to
explain why the consolidation of wealth into the hands of few affects
all Americans today.
And he does, and it is a good
Firstly, the past year, or 15 months, in fact, have been quite
difficult for me, and the reason is the keratoconjunctivitis
sicca that hit me in May/June of 2012. (No, you do not want it!)
This also hit me hard: Since then, I've felt my eyes constantly and quite
unpleasantly, and until a month ago, I simply did not sleep more than 4
to 6, may be 6 1/2 hours every 24 hours, and that is with a
The reason I could not sleep longer was the combined pain of M.E., in
my arms and legs, plus the pain in my eyes. I still have pain in my
eyes (and in my arms and legs, but that is M.E.) and I still need to
use a tweaked computer, so that I can avoid seeing most whites, but I
have now slept a month as I did not at all for 14 months: 8 1/4 hours a
day, and consistently so. As indeed was normal for me, for decades.
The main reason is that I have less pain in my eyes.
Secondly, this has convinced me of something that is rather important
for me, and mostly because of what did not happen: I have had
many collapses, some quite seriously and quite long, through not
getting enough sleep, and I much feared this would happen again, as
that was by far the most probable outcome, given over 30 years of
experience with M.E.
But it did not happen, and the only thing that was
different was my taking of large doses B12 (probably a bit too large,
but that is another thing I learned) and considerable doses of
Since this is the first time in 35 years that I can say
that I slept too little, indeed for a very long time, but did not
collapse, my taking of B12 + metafolin is the
probable expectation. (And no: I am not saying it heals. I am saying it
Thirdly, I am picking up again, and even bought a bycicle, which is the
first time in 15 years, and indeed I have ridden it regularly,
though never more than three quarters of an hour.
Anyway... I will probably and rather soon come back to this, when I
discuss my new protocol, that involves an important thing: avoiding any
ordinary folic acid, which these days is added to bread and other food
and also to almost any combination vitamin pill that I've bought, which
meant that I swallowed at least a six or eight-fold of
the daily dosage for a long time.
I don't think this did me any good, and it may have hurt me (but I
shall not know, for Dutch doctors are so high and
mighty that they do not wish to research whether I
belong to the 40% who have a MTFHR
difference, even though doing so would have been cheaper and easier
than the nonsense they did offer ).
In any case, my recommendation is that if you have M.E. that you avoid
the synthetic folic acid, that needs two breaking down steps to become
useful, that 40% of the people do not have the right genes for,
and instead use metafolin, that can be directly taken up by your body.
 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
if good, is part of its executive power. Here I quote Aristotle from my
More on stupidity, the rule of law, and Glenn
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
from is quite pertinent.)
 In 1984, the average IQ of
student at the University of Amsterdam (and probably in Holland) was
115. Thirty years earlier, that was the level of
Dutch schooltype called "Extended Lower Education" (Dutch: ULO, now
defunct - but even they had to learn 3 foreign languages, that now are
very uncommon, even in the grammar schools).
Since we are again nearly thirty years later, I will be
so kind as to assume that these "doctors", who told my GP the most
atrocious nonsense, are very well-adapted, quite conformistic, and very
collaborative "medical doctors" with at most half of my
IQs of circa 105. But they wear stethoscopes, so I must
politely defer to them and their bullshit!
It must be an assumption, but the tendency of all
education, all over Holland, has been to level, to level, and
to level further, with the idea that 50% must be able to make a
B.A. or M.A. And they are, nowadays! And I have met
"medical doctors" who probably could not have finished a school of "Extended Lower Education" (Dutch: ULO) with
a diploma, sixty years ago!
So no, it's useless to go to any Dutch doctor, unless
you have good prior evidence that he or she is (i) one of the few
with a decent old-fashioned IQ and (ii) willing to do some work
- or indeed unless you have a run-of-the-mill medical problem, that is
all medical handbooks, and which does have a recommended pill, that
only such a worthy one may prescribe.
ME/CFS (that I prefer
to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search
is a disease I have since 1.1.1979: