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."
| "Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. This Chart Will Piss You
2. Lawsuit Demands Info on Rule
That Permits NSA to Spy
on the Whole World
3. insider trading…
This is an ordinary crisis file. It is the last crisis file of the
year, and as I am typing it in the afternoon of the last day of the
year, I am hearing explosions every 10 seconds or so, often fairly
close by, regularly from larger distances.
(Happily, these are only the signs of Dutch festivities, although they
are not legal. This last fact explains part of the fun.)
In any case, this is the last regular file of the year. There will be
two others, but these will be an index for the whole year, and a
Chart Will Piss You Off
To start with, a video by The Young Turks, that is
mostly about all the changes and all the blessings and all the good
things that the honest and good president Obama brought to the American
Well... actually it is not. It
is about Obama, but it shows he worked and works for the rich, and has
been doing that very, very well indeed: They got richer, by a lot, and
everybody else got poorer, varying from nearly 5 to over 10%, the last
by the blacks, who voted Obama in, trusting his message of "Change!".
The message of The Young Turks is in the end "Get Money Out Of
Politics", which I agree to - except that more is needed, that I can not
myself see how it will be delivered, namely "Get People To Be
Then again, I am one of a small minority, namely of non-corrupt, really
intelligent and highly educated men - and I can tell you with great
confidence that over half of the people disagree with me, and will
believe that they are themselves easily intelligent enough to vote on
which clever crooks will represent them.
So overall, I am not very optimistic.
Info on Rule That Permits NSA to Spy on the Whole World
Next, an article by Jon
Queally on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows -
and the first paragraph is an epigraph:
executive branch, exploiting the idea that spying on foreigners is an
essential part of its mandate, is also believed to be conducting
surveillance on Americans abroad under its own executive order without
any real oversight.
Executive Order 12,333
was signed in ... 1981. There is considerably more in the
article, but it seems that this was a secret order, while it also is
the main order under which the NSA collects everyone's personal data.
Privacy advocates and a
prominent civil liberties group sued the U.S. government on Monday,
demanding disclosure of how key spy agencies and the executive branch
interpret and execute legal authorities that govern a vast foreign
electronic surveillance program that also sweeps up the communication
data of millions of Americans each year.
Filed in a district court
in New York, the suit was filed jointly by the ACLU and the Media
Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School and called on
the National Security Agency, the CIA, and the Defense, Justice, and
State Departments to offer details about how Executive Order 12,333
guides the collection and processing of billions of phone and internet
records around the world.
Next and last, an article by 1 boring old man from his blog:
Actually, this is about the corruption of psychiatry, and of
one of the leaders of the DSM-5, David Kupfer MD. Also, the story is
complicated. I select just two bits from it. This is the first:
So here in the
Introduction, we’ve gone from a story about some waiting room
psychometric by a snippy statistician with a hobby of trying to
undermine Black Box Warnings on a series of Pfizer’s products to a
bigger story about the Chairman of the DSM-5 Task Force, Dr. David Kupfer, being secretly
involved in a commercial product being developed on the NIMH dollar –
all the while publicly championing that his DSM-5 team is free from
outside influence – COIs. That’s one hell of an Introduction. What
story can possibly follow an Introduction like that?
Note that the initial
story about a "snippy statistician" also is pretty horrible, but it is
this that led to information about "Dr. David Kupfer,
being secretly involved in a commercial product being
developed on the NIMH dollar – all the while publicly championing that
his DSM-5 team is free from outside influence".
Clearly, Dr Kupfer has fallen for the lures of Big Money - as indeed
has nearly all of American psychiatry, for here is the second
part, that is a quotation from Dr. Hickey, who seems to be a
psychologist - and the link and boldings are in the article:
Secondly, why are
we not hearing widespread expressions of concern from psychiatry
about this matter? To the best of my knowledge, the only
psychiatrists who have spoken out on this are Bernard Carroll, who
exposed the matter in the first place, and Mickey
Nardo, who has been retired for ten years.
I quite agree, also
because Dr Carroll is about as old as is Dr Nardo (who is 1 boring old
man). Also, unlike them, I am neither an American nor a psychiatrist,
for I am an ill Dutch psychologist and philosopher, which probably is
the reason why I can say, unlike them, that psychiatry is not a
science and never was a science:
of silence in these kinds of situations has become characteristic of
psychiatry, through scandal after scandal, in recent years. It is very
difficult to avoid the impression that neither psychiatry’s leadership
nor its general body has any interest in ethical matters. There is only
one agenda item in modern American psychiatry: the relentless expansion of psychiatric turf and drug
sales. They’ve promoted categorical diagnoses and
chemical imbalances strenuously for the past five decades.Now that
these spurious notions are on the point of expiration, psychiatry is
developing dimensional diagnoses and neurocircuitry malfunctions as the
rallying points of the “new and improved” psychiatry.
bottom line is always the same: turf and
money. Something is truly rotten in the state of
It always was, at best, a pseudoscience.
And from the DSM-III onwards it has been little else but a fake and
fraudulent instrument of the pharmaceutical corporations to sell
expensive pills, for tens of billions of dollars yearly,
nearly all for the most nonsensical "disorders", to millions of
unsuspecting American victims of systemic medical corruption and fraud:
They do not
know what is the self, the character, the person; they do not
know what is meaning, how one thinks, how one desires; they cannot even
rationally define madness; they are quite mistaken in
nearly everything they think, and indeed most they think is without any
decent scientific foundation: in fact most of them insist these are non-questions
mostly because they know they have no decent
answers and have reduced everything to the selling of pills
based on the DSM-5's utter crap - they are all, in so far as
their headmen are concerned, exactly the opposites of what they
claim they are ("well-meaning, honest, medical scientists").
And since they hardly know anything, the road to hell for their
patients, and to riches for themselves, is paved quite intentionally,
and with great dedication, because it serves them so very well financially.
Then again, where there are billions of dollars a year that can
be made by medical fraud
for a relatively small group of around 30.000 American psychiatrists,
while there are only two pensioned psychiatrists who seriously
protest, "one must be mad not to do it", as Yossarian thought (in Catch-22) - wouldn't
Anyway... there will be more about psychiatry next year.
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
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.)
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: