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  October
30, 2013
Crisis: A long list of unquoted uncommented links - 2
  "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.











Sections
Introduction
  1. A long list of unquoted and uncommented links - 2
  2. Personal
About ME/CFS

Introduction

I finished the day before yesterday with:

Actually, this issue of Nederlog is smaller than I expected - but I just got the news that my English girlfriend Stephanie Faulkner died in 1996, from a very aggressive cervical cancer, probably at age 53. I am not very amazed, because I believed I would have, somehow, heard of her if she were alive, since she was very special, but I am rather struck. It's a great pity.

In fact, I am still quite struck, though I expected that she would be dead, simply because I had not heard from or about her since 1985.

My reasons for being struck are that, completely apart from me, she was very special, especially intellectually, but also ethically and morally, and also I did have my first really serious mutually  loving relationship with her, that came to grief mainly over the practical difficulties we had, with me being young, poor and Dutch, her being nearly eight years older and English, and there being no way for her to live in Holland or for me to live in England, with a halfway decent income.

Also, I was 21 and she was 29 at the time, that seems more important to me now than it did then.

There is again a whole lot of crisis related stuff today, but I will treat it again differently from before yesterday: I merely give a list of titles with links, without quotations or comments.

The main reason for this is my learning that Stephanie has died, which I only did learn the day before yesterday, and only because - at long last - there was an internet-connection with one of her children, who very kindly replied to me, and who indeed recalled me, from 1984.

There is absolutely nothing to be done about the fact that Stephanie will be forever unreachable, but it did shock me, and it also means that quite a few things I would have liked to clarify with her now will never be clarified.

I will write about her, in English, but not now.

What you get today is just a set of titles + links about the crisis, and you'll have to sort it yourself.

1.  A long list of unquoted and uncommented links - 2

As I explained in my introduction, there is no "regular Nederlog" today, but I did gather quite a lot of titles that I now reproduce with their links, but without quotation and without comments. You can find the sources of the links by putting the cursor on each of the links:

The above are all articles. Also, the above "The Snowden Leaks and the Public", in the New York Review of Books, is by Alan Rusbridger, who is the editor of the Guardian, in case you miss it.

2. Personal

As for me: I am still mostly out, for the moment
, as I am struck by the total unreachability of my first great and mutual love, who also was the most intelligent woman I've ever met, which is saying rather a lot, for I've met and I've lived with some remarkably intelligent women, but I have known no one like her. I will write about her, in English also, but not today.

Finally, I have above given her family name - she was called Stephanie Faulkner, and she lived from 1942-1996 - because it is a long time since she died; she very probably would not have minded; there are, as I found first in 2009, quite a lot of women with the same name; she was quite  difficult to trace for me, especially because she died before internet became common; and also I have no negative things to tell about her.

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Note

[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, thay 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 of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servant of 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 machine) which is a disease that 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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