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  December
31, 2013
Crisis: Charting Obama, Lawsuit NSA, American psychiatry
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. This Chart Will Piss You Off
2. Lawsuit Demands Info on Rule That Permits NSA to Spy
     on the Whole World

3. insider trading…
About ME/CFS

Introduction

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 closing-of-the-year file.

1. This 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 people:

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 More Intelligent".

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.

2. Lawsuit Demands 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:
The 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.

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.

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.

3. insider trading…

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.

This kind 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.

But the bottom line is always the same: turf and money.  Something is truly rotten in the state of psychiatry.
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:

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 one?!


Anyway... there will be more about psychiatry next year.

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 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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