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  December
21, 2013
Crisis+me+ME: Eleven crisis items, philosophy, psychiatry, Magee, Amsterdom
  "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.
   "Power tends to corrupt, and   
     absolute power corrupts
     absolutely. Great men are        
     almost always bad men."
     -- Lord Acton

















Sections
Introduction
  1. Eleven crisis items
  2. On philosophy
  3. The new psychiatry
  4. Magee's Confessions

  5. Amsterdom
  6. My illness
  7. Personal
About ME/CFS

Introduction

I ended yesterday with this brief personal remark:

This is just to say that I suppose there will be less crisis related items in the weekend, which will give me the opportunity to write about what I want to write about next year, among other things.

Everyone can suppose what he or she pleases, but most of the time one supposes one supposes wrongly, and so did I: Today I found at least 11 crisis items, and it is Saturday.

Now I could do the 11 (or more) items as I did them the last half year, that is, serve them with comments or else I could write about some of the other subjects I want to write about.

Also, I could do both, if I merely list the 11 items, and then proceed writing about what I want to write about later, in more detail.

What I can not do is write about the 11 items and about the things I want to write about: I do not have the energy.

It so happens that I will take the last option, and merely list the 11 items, were it only because while I have had this year, in Denmark alone, at present nearly 1.5 million hits, and so with Amsterdam counted in close to 5 million hits, I have received just 4 (four) mails by distinct persons I did not already know, all year, about my sites, and none about the crisis items (while at least one of the four mails I received was from a civil servant posing as if he was someone else, at least very probably).

This is rather different from how it was circa 2007, when my sites were a lot smaller, and there were quite a lot more emails.

I do not know the explanation. But to the tens, hundreds or thousands who did write me, if they did, my sincere excuses for not receiving your mails and hence not answering you: I must suppose the Dutch NSA (called AIVD) took them, if you sent them. And if no one did write me, except for some guys interested in Wittgenstein, and that mocked up civil servant: Too bad!

O yes - I also today refreshed the mottos of the crisis series: I added Lord Acton, and provided links to the Wikipedia.

1. Eleven crisis items 

So here are the items I selected for today, served up as links, with their own original titles, but without my comments:

That saved several hours of hard work...

2. On philosophy 

It so happens that I did not get an M.A. in philosophy, because I am the only student that has been removed - briefly before doing my M.A. - from the faculty of philosophy of any Dutch university since 1945 (the end of WW II) 'because of your publicly stated ideas' (as the Board of Directors of the University of Amsterdam wrote me) - which I stated in the form of 39 questions. (And yes: they all are only questions: Not even that was allowed.)

It also happens that I have a better resistance background than any of the sick and degenerate assholes who had me removed, who did so after gravely offending me by screaming at me, all 16 of them, after my public reading of my 39 questions, that I am a "fascist" and a "terrorist", because of what I asked in these questions.

It also happens that on my site there is more philosophy written by me on my site than by anyone I know of who works in Holland as "an academic philosopher". (Over 20 volumes of comments on over 20 philosophical classics, all about as long as the classics commented upon.)

It so happens that I think I was quite right with my 39 questions, and that I think that no one was as philosophical in the real philosophical tradition, rather than in the bureaucratic academic Dutch tradition, where mostly quite stupid, dishonest but very eager parasites got selected as "academic philosophers" - without the least talent, and usually also without doing the least work, but all with civil servant status and some of the highest incomes, all awarded basically for doing nothing other than keeping up the pretenses. 

And it so happens that, although I am ill since 1.1.1979, I still think of myself foremost as a philosopher, and indeed as one of the very few living Dutch philosophers who is not a crook, not a fraud, not a parasite, and not a pretender.

But it is true I have not published outside my sites, and did so mostly because publishing would have led to very grave problems with the Amsterdam bureaucracy that takes care of my dole and because I really cannot take most philosophers seriously who taught philosophy in any university anywhere: Very few of them were real philosophers; nearly all of them were only interested in their own status, tenure, and incomes, and also did not do any real philosophy (and I agree here with Bryan Magee: see item 4).

So I do want to write more about philosophy, and one way of doing that, with the sort of "health" I have got, is as successive items in Nederlog, written on days I feel fit enough, and on the pattern of "On philosophy - 1" etc., that may be later combined into a book, that I even may try to publish if I have reached my pension, which is in circa 1 1/2 year.

3. The new psychiatry

It so happens that I have learned a lot about my disease, or rather: about the games played with my disease, by psychiatrists, politicians and bureaucrats, in the last four years since 2010.

The short of it is that I and everybody else who really has the sort of disease I have - M.E., F.M. or Lyme [2] - has been frauded quite intentionally and quite cleverly by a fairly small band of English, American, Danish and Dutch psychiatrists, whose mission it is to insist that everyone who suffers from any medically unexplained disease does not suffer from that, but is plain crazy (sorry: they say "disordered" but they mean "crazy"), and to bring it about that such patients should receive no money, and be forced to work.

I have now written since 2010 over 100 Nederlogs that are wholly or in part about psychiatry, that in my - very well schooled - opinion (I have an excellent M.A. in psychology and a very good B.A. in philosophy) is very plainly and very clearly a pseudoscience that since 1980 has been restylized two times to serve as the fraudulent excuse to push expensive pills into people with any kind of problems.

Psychiatry is a fraud, and indeed always was a fraud, but in the days of Freud the fraudulence was limited to a few percents or promilles of the patient population, while since 1980 over 400 "disorders" have been invented out of thin air, that now cause considerable segments of the patient population to be fed all manner of expensive pills, usually for no good reasons whatsoever.

Indeed, my reasons to insist psychiatry is fraudulent pseudoscience are in part that, as a philosopher of science and as a psychologist I know it is not a real science, and at present and the last 100 years also never was a real science, not because it is impossible, nor because it is always false to say that so-and-so has mental problems, but because there is not - not by far - the requisite knowledge available to provide the statement that so-and-so has mental problems with an adequate scientific foundation.

This makes it into a pseudoscience if it is presented or talked about as if it were a real science.

Also, it is fraudulent, because seen as a pseudoscience, it also has all the marks of fraudulence as defined by American law: Psychiatric judgments these days  generally aim at prescribing pills to "patients", for over 400 "disorders" that are for the most part mere figments of imagination [3], and the only things that one can say with certainty about the pills is that they are usually very expensive, nearly always not properly researched, are often based on partial or falsified data, often come with side-effects that are not mentioned until forced by a judge, and that they have no known longterm effects, simply this would be too expensive to study, and this is also not profitable for pharmaceutical corporations, that these days claim the data, and tend to release only positive studies.

So... I would like to write about this a little more, simply as an act of warning, and namely because I have the degrees and the knowledge to do so, and also because I have been gravely harmed by psychiatry, indeed not personally, but because of my disease, that would have been a whole lot better and easier to bear without psychiatrists falsifying most discussions by their "contributions".

4. Magee's "Confessions"

Bryan Magee is an English philosopher, who got well-known for making three series for the BBC - one on radio, two for television - on philosophy. I have seen all of the last series because it is on Youtube, and I have seen also some of the second series, for the same reason.

Magee studied philosophy (and politics and economics) and did some teaching, but mostly worked as a broadcaster rather than as a philosophy don, mostly because he did not have a high opinion of most English philosophers, not because of their lack of intelligence, but because he disagreed with them, and also because he could earn as much as they did in half the time, working for the BBC and others.

I think I had until recently only read one book of his, namely the one on Popper, and I read that quite long ago, but earlier this year I bought his "Confessions of a Philosopher" and read it, and rather liked it.

In fact, it is a book of slightly over 600 pages that combines a sort of intellectual autobiography with philosophy, which makes it more lively than most expositions of philosophy.

My reasons to like it is mainly that I agree with him on the failings of analytic and continental philosophy, but without coming to his conclusions on Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer, Kant, or Popper, for on these I disagree with him (apart from my agreeing with him that Schopenhauer was a great writer).

But I like Magee, and would like to write about his "Confessions", although I do not yet know how: There is a lot I could comment on, but even if I limit it to his ideas on Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer, Kant, and Popper, there is rather a lot to write.

In any case, if you are interested in English philosophy, especially in the second half of the 20th century, this is a book you shouldn't miss.

5. Amsterdom

Amsterdom is a place in the country of Helland, where the politicians have been protecting the drugs mafia since the 1980ies at the latest, and earned very well, albeit in secret - for in Amsterdom at least 10 billion euros a year are turned over, mostly in places that have been given personally to the mafia by Amsterdom's mayors, and 5% of 10 billion = 5 * 10.000.000.000 / 100 =
500.000.000 = 500 million euros a year - which should be very easy to get for the Amsterdom bureaucrats, since the places are known, and the dealers are known, and they can deal nowhere else, and anyway the customers pay the difference. (Also, 500 million euros a year are untaxed. And secret.)

However, Amsterdom in Hellond should not be confused with Amsterdam in the country of Holland, except perhaps for purposes of satire, because the real Amsterdam in the real Holland is filled with nothing but the equivalents of Einstein ("all men are equivalent"), where there also are no problems of any kinds with any drugs, and where no politician knows anything about any drugs, if one believes the Dutch papers, for these rarely write about them, and never critically.

In brief, I still have to get decent replies to the many letters I sent to three mayors and quite a few aldermen, council members, and bureaucrats for destroying my life because they defended the drugs mafia, and I also still think they owe me a lot of money.

But I do not think I can say what I think if I speak the literal truth, or as close to the truth as I know, even though Amsterdam's university has for at least 18 years supplied degrees and education based on the notion - articulated by professor M.A. Brandt in the public lecture that opened the academic year in 1978, and ever since duly practised, at least until 1995 - that "everybody knows that truth does not exist" and indeed also that "everybody knows that all men are equivalent".

So I do want to write about my life in Amsterdom, Helland, because I cannot say what I want to say if I write about Amsterdam, Holland, at least not without problems I want to avoid, given my health and my age.

6. My illness

Another thing I want to write about is my illness. In fact, this is, since I barely survived four years above the Amsterdam drugsdealers, in a house in which I had been gassed in 1988, the main constraint and the main content of my life.

On the moment I am somewhat hesitant to write about it, mostly because the situation got quite complicated in 2012, because I was helped by the mB12-protocol I use, but also got very much more constrained than before by my getting keratoconjunctivitis sicca, which I still have, but which is considerably less than it was, although it also prevented my sleeping more than 3 1/2 - 6 hours a night for 15 months, simply because of hurting eyes.

This situation differs in several quite serious respects from the 33 years that I had M.E. without having other problems.

But I have been sleeping reasonably well the last three months, which is a considerable improvement compared to the foregoing 15 months, and I have to make up my mind on a number of things.

7. Personal

Well... this was another Nederlog than almost all I wrote since June 10, 2013. I hope you liked it. There will probably be more crisis reporting tomorrow and the rest of this year.
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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.)

[2] M.E. is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (I reject the name "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome": I have no "fatigue": I have pains and exhaustion); F.M. is Fibromyalgia, Lyme is Lyme's Disease. I have been repeatedly diagnosed with "M.E./F.M.", where the F.M. was motivated by the fact that I usually have muscle aches. I very probably do not have Lyme's disease. Each of these diseases is medically unexplained, and each is taken serious by many medical people, but not by psychiatrists. The main reason M.E. and F.M. are medically unexplained is psychiatry: Because most of the  available money these days is funnelled by politicians to psychiatrists, very little real medical research gets funded - and the psychiatrists very much rather insist that someone like me, who got ill in his first year of studying, and the first six years lived on student loans, is a fraud rather than an ill person, and not because they really believe that, but because that manner of treatment saves a whole lot of money to the state.

[3] It is not just me who says that of the more than 400 "disorders" that are in the DSM-5 all but some 10-30 are mere figments of imagination: Various professors of psychiatry think the same. And I agree some people are mad, irresponsible, have mental problems etc. and I also agree quite a few of them need medical help of some kind. But psychiatry, as it is, simply is the wrong tool.

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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