January 25, 2014

Crisis: Hedges repeat, economics, Fukushima, Obama, NSA, 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

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Hedges repeat: What Obama Really Meant Was ...
N is for Neo-Serfdom, O for Offshore Banking
3. The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome – From Japan to

4. This Administration Is the Most Secretive and Closed

NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every


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This is another crisis file, with varying contents: A repeat of an article by Chris Hedge
s (because now it appears well); economics from a dictionary; Fukushima and the cult of secrecy Japan has introduced; Obama's administration as the most secretive American government ever; an outline of the NSA's toolbox for spying; and the corruption of American psychiatry as illustrated by the corruption of its leader, David Kupfer.

1. Hedges repeat: What Obama Really Meant Was ...

To start with, an article by Chris Hedges on Truth Dig, that is, in Nederlog, a repeat:
Let me explain why this is a repeat, though this time it improved a lot. I linked this article five days ago, and then remarked (and I quote myself):
There is a lot more - 5 pages in all, of which the remaining 4 are again without paragraphing and printed in a small column, with a reference to "a help-system" by "" that is totally unhelpful (...)
It's now linked again here, because the other 4 pages now are as readable as the first page. It is a good article, to be read as satire, and now you can read all of it as you should have been able to at first.

Also, I do not know whether what I wrote has anything to do with it, and I certainly did not mail Truth Dig, but this is a considerable improvement.

2.  N is for Neo-Serfdom, O for Offshore Banking 

Next, an article by Michael Hudson, that I found on Truth Dig:
Actually, this is one from an ongoing series, that prints the Insider's Economic Dictionary, that is written by Michael Hudson, who is a professor of economics at the University of Kansas, Missouri.

If you click on here (also in the above linked piece), you'll get a list of the foregoing letters/articles; if you click on Michael Hudson's website, that is what you will get, where you find the same plus quite a lot more.

I linked this because I liked what I read, but so far haven't read most. In any case, this reminds me of my Philosophical Dictionary, that also goes its own way with regards to philosophy.

Apart from that, perhaps I should say what I think economics is, when the term is understood as standing for the science of it: It is not much of a science, since nearly all of it is driven by political ideologies, of various kinds. But it is more of a science, or less of a pseudoscience, than is psychiatry, although I would not trust anyone who is speaking on the mere strength of being an economist, just as I would not trust anyone
who is speaking on the mere strength of being a psychiatrist.

3.  The Fukushima Secrecy Syndrome – From Japan to America 

Next, an article by Ralph Nader, on his site:

This starts as follows:

Last month, the ruling Japanese coalition parties quickly rammed through Parliament a state secrets law. We Americans better take notice.

Under its provisions the government alone decides what are state secrets and any civil servants who divulge any “secrets” can be jailed for up to 10 years. Journalists caught in the web of this vaguely defined law can be jailed for up to 5 years.

Government officials have been upset at the constant disclosures of their laxity by regulatory officials before and after the Fukushima nuclear power disaster in 2011, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

Week after week, reports appear in the press revealing the seriousness of the contaminated water flow, the inaccessible radioactive material deep inside these reactors and the need to stop these leaking sites from further poisoning the land, food and ocean. Officials now estimate that it could take up to 40 years to clean up and decommission the reactors.

That is: these reports may not appear anymore in the press, now that journalists may be jailed for five years for writing the truth, or their best guess at it. There is some opposition:

Fortunately many of Japan’s most famous scientists, including Nobel laureates, Toshihide Maskawa and Hideki Shirakawa, have led the opposition against this new state secrecy legislation with 3,000 academics signing a public letter of protest. These scientists and academics declared the government’s secrecy law a threat to “the pacifist principles and fundamental human rights established by the constitution and should be rejected immediately.”

Following this statement, the Japan Scientists’ Association, Japan’s mass media companies, citizens associations, lawyers’ organizations and some regional legislatures opposed the legislation. Polls show the public also opposes this attack on democracy. The present ruling parties remain adamant. They cite as reasons for state secrecy “national security and fighting terrorism.” Sound familiar?

Yes: I call it "Goering's Principle", after the prominent Nazi Hermann Goering, who argued it at the Nuremberg Trial:

4.  This Administration Is the Most Secretive and Closed EVER 

Next, an article by Washington's Blog, on his site (and with a shortened title):

This starts as follows:

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says:

This is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush’s first term.

I dealt directly with the Bush White House when they had concerns that stories we were about to run put the national security under threat. But, you know, they were not pursuing criminal leak investigations. The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It’s on a scale never seen before. This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.

[Q: And do you think this comes directly from the president?]

I would think that it would have to. I don’t know that, but certainly enough attention has been focused on this issue that, if he departed from the policies of his government, I think we’d know that at this point.

Abramson is not alone …

And there is also this:

Journalism is not only being criminalized in America, but investigative reporting is actually treated like terrorism.

The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws (and here). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge.

That is one reason to list this article.

Another is that it seems to me almost everything Obama has said, from promising change, promising transparency, promising openness, promising to close Guantanamo, and much, much more, was the opposite of what he has done, which is mostly merely continuing the policies of the Bush era, but more so, and indeed also with a much more capable president, who lies much more plausibly and with more charm.

5.  NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need

Next, an article by the international (English) on line edition of the Spiegel:

This gives background to another of the Spiegel's article. The present article starts as follows:

When agents with the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division want to infiltrate a network or a computer, they turn to their technical experts. This particular unit of the United States intelligence service is known internally as ANT. The acronym presumably stands for Advanced Network Technology, because that's what the division produces -- tools for penetrating network equipment and monitoring mobile phones and computers. ANT's products help TAO agents infiltrate networks and divert or even modify data wherever the NSA's usual methods won't suffice. You can read more about the TAO division, its strengths and tricks in a SPIEGEL feature that was published in English on Sunday.

SPIEGEL has obtained an internal NSA catalog describing ANT's various products, along with their prices. A rigged monitor cable, for example, which allows "TAO personnel to see what is displayed on the targeted monitor," goes for $30 (€22). An "active GSM base station" that makes it possible to mimic the cell phone tower of a target network and thus monitor mobile phones, is available for $40,000. Computer bugging devices disguised as normal USB plugs, capable of sending and receiving data undetected via radio link, are available in packs of 50, for over $1 million.

I found it rather interesting, but should remark that the information mostly refers to 2008, and not later. (This is because of the openness of the NSA.)


Finally, an article about medical corruption, and especially that of the American Psychiatric Association, by Bernard Carroll on Health Care Renewal:

This starts as follows:
There is an academic ethics mess brewing in the windy city… at The University of Chicago. It involves a start-up Chicago corporation, a star statistician in the medical school, seed money in the form of NIH research grants, the American Psychiatric Association, and the chairman of the APA’s DSM-5 Task Force. It involves the appearance of self-interested bias in the DSM-5 process. It involves a recidivist pattern of failure to disclose material conflict of interest. And it involves academic journal editors (JAMA and JAMA Psychiatry) who did not do the right thing when the perps were outed.

I broke the story on this site back in November, right after a confession appeared on-line in JAMA Psychiatry by the gang of five perps (Robert Gibbons, Ellen Frank, David Kupfer, Paul Pilkonis, and David Weiss) . Indeed, it was I who had alerted the journal. Others have since weighed in here and here and here, for instance. The definitive summary and Timeline were the work of Dr. John M. (Mickey) Nardo here. Of course, readers of JAMA Psychiatry would never know that the authors were outed. The editors (Howard Bauchner for JAMA and Joseph Coyle for JAMA Psychiatry) allowed the authors to make it seem like they were making a spontaneous admission of nondisclosure, and they acquiesced in the withholding of key information that I had given to the journal.
There is considerably more under the link.

The reason this is here is my interest in the lies of psychiatrists - which are in the present case demonstrated by one of the two leaders of the APA's DSM-5, David Kupfer, who tried to use the DSM-5, together with his wife, to get even more money than he would have gotten anyway, namely for a product of his own.

And here is how this kind of operation - "classically" ! - proceeds (and the text is by another psychiatrist):
The methods adopted in this affair are classic: Peddle unproven psychiatric screening scales backed up by black box statistics (a distressing specialty of Dr. Gibbons); publish a glowing report in JAMA Psychiatry, which you have infiltrated (Ellen Frank and Robert Gibbons are on the editorial board); get your corporate people inside the DSM-5 process (David Kupfer, Robert Gibbons, Paul Pilkonis); slant the DSM-5 process to endorse, however weakly, the kind of products you intend to market; start a corporation without telling anybody and establish a website  with advance marketing that touts your new academic publication in JAMA Psychiatry while highlighting Dr. Kupfer’s key role in DSM-5; loudly proclaim (see page 4) the advent of population-wide screening but before doing any serious field trials or acknowledging that most positive screens will be false positives. This is the usual dodgy hand waving of wannabe entrepreneurs, whose vision is obscured by dollar signs. Oh, and did I mention regulatory capture of NIMH for over $11 million in funding while not producing a product worth a tinker’s damn?
I think that is psychiatry at its ordinary work, the last 35 years at least - which I think is a justified conclusion because this involves the APA's leader: if he does it, very impertinently also, it may be safely assumed this also is the ordinary - and  falsified - course of things, at least in American psychiatry, where one can make a great amount of money with what is nothing but pseudoscience pretending to be science.

Apart from that, my reason is that any halfway clever psychiatrist knows that he (or she) is not a real scientist, but that he can supplement his income in many ways, like the one used by Dr. Kupfer, and that he will not be found out because he will be protected by his brethern of the trade.

This is also the reason I do not see it stop soon: There is too much to gain by it - and those who gain are anyway not real scientists, nor is their pretended science a real science, for which reason "returning to science" while keeping these people also will not work.

Anyway... for ordinary people the main lesson is this:

Do not go see a psychiatrist if you have psychological problems. Go see a psychologist, who doesn't know more, but who probably will listen better, and get any medicines he or she may want to prescribe from your GP, after checking these medicines out at Dr Healy's org - for many are more dangerous than they are publicly asserted to be, and also less efficacious then they are publicly claimed to be. Finally, do not get the latest patented medicines: These are much more expensive, but they are hardly different from earlier similar medicines, while they have been tested less well.



[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 Komarof

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)[2]

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
Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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