24, 2014
Crisis: Obama, Snowden, Deep State, Germany, SSD, ME/CFS
   "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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1. What the hell is Barack Obama's presidency for?
2. Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage
3. Anatomy of the Deep State
4. U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel -

5. Somatic Symptom Disorder
6. Role of adaptive and innate immune cells in chronic
     fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis
About ME/CFS


This is today's crisis file. There was earlier today a Dutch file in the series that forms my autobiography. The present file is mostly about the crisis, and item 3 contains several dotted links, and probably is the most important, but item 2, by Chris Hedges, is also quite good. Items 5 and 6 are brief items that relate to ME/CFS, which I have now for 36 years, and still I am not officially ill.

1.  What the hell is Barack Obama's presidency for?

The first article is by Gary Young, in the Guardian:
This is fairly strong stuff by - I should say - a black journalist. I think I should say so, because I guess it is a bit relevant, and because it is not at all sympathetic to president Obama, although I agree, and think he had it coming.

Here is a quote - and the question "What the hell is a presidency for?!" was originally by Lyndon Johnson, who did a lot more than Barack Obama, although he too made serious mistakes:

Barack Obama has now been in power for longer than Johnson was, and the question remains: "What the hell's his presidency for?" His second term has been characterised by a profound sense of drift in principle and policy. While posing as the ally of the immigrant he is deporting people at a faster clip than any of his predecessors; while claiming to be a supporter of labour he's championing trade deals that will undercut American jobs and wages. In December, even as he pursued one whistleblower, Edward Snowden and kept another, Chelsea Manning, incarcerated, he told the crowd at Nelson Mandela's funeral: "There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba's struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people."

If there was a plot, he's lost it. If there was a point, few can remember it. If he had a big idea, he shrank it. If there's a moral compass powerful enough to guide such contradictions to more consistent waters, it is in urgent need of being reset.

That is: if he was mostly sincere in 2008, when he won the American elections on "Hope" and "Change", that then were completely and deliberately undone as sketched above and also in the rest ot the article.

Anyway - there is the article, which seems good and justified to me.

2. Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

The next article is by Chris Hedges on Truth Dig:
This starts as follows:
I have been to war. I have seen physical courage. But this kind of courage is not moral courage. Very few of even the bravest warriors have moral courage. For moral courage means to defy the crowd, to stand up as a solitary individual, to shun the intoxicating embrace of comradeship, to be disobedient to authority, even at the risk of your life, for a higher principle. And with moral courage comes persecution.
Yes, indeed. Chris Hedges names Hugh Thompson in this connection, and he is right, as you may see from the last Wikipedia link.

There also is this:
“My country, right or wrong” is the moral equivalent of “my mother, drunk or sober,” G.K. Chesterton reminded us.

So let me speak to you about those drunk with the power to sweep up all your email correspondence, your tweets, your Web searches, your phone records, your file transfers, your live chats, your financial data, your medical data, your criminal and civil court records and your movements, those who are awash in billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars, those who have banks of sophisticated computer systems, along with biosensors, scanners, face recognition technologies and miniature drones, those who have obliterated your anonymity, your privacy and, yes, your liberty.

Quite so! There is also, on page two, this, that shows very clearly what Snowden could have done, if indeed he were a traitor, but did not do:
Snowden had access to the full roster of everyone working at the NSA. He could have made public the entire intelligence community and undercover assets worldwide. He could have exposed the locations of every clandestine station and their missions. He could have shut down the surveillance system, as he has said, “in an afternoon.” But this was never his intention. He wanted only to halt the wholesale surveillance, which until he documented it was being carried out without our consent or knowledge.
Actually, the whole piece is about a debate Chris Hedges, William Binney, Chris Huhne and Annie Machon had in Oxford University, where they defended and won the thesis that "This house would call Edward Snowden a hero".

I recommend you read all of it.

3.  Anatomy of the Deep State 

The next article is in fact one of several, that turn around the following video, that you reach by the following link to Common Dreams, and that you also find linked below:

The above link is to a brief file that starts as follows:

Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process” but have you heard of the “Deep State”?

Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member with the powerful House and Senate Budget Committees, joins Bill to talk about what he calls the Deep State, a hybrid of corporate America and the national security state, which is “out of control” and “unconstrained.”

After this and a bit more, there is a link to a video of 26 minutes and 46 seconds, which consists of an interview by Bill Moyers of Mike Lofgren. I saw the whole interview, and found Lofgren to be a quite interesting man. 

This is from the Wikipedia article about him, that I just linked to:

In September 2011, Lofgren published an essay entitled Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult on the website Truthout. In it he explains why he retired when he did, writing that he was "appalled at the headlong rush of Republicans to embrace policies that are deeply damaging to this country’s future; and contemptuous of the feckless, craven incompetence of Democrats in their half-hearted attempts to stop them." He charged that both major American political parties are "rotten captives to corporate loot", but that while Democrats are merely weak and out of touch, the Republican Party is "becoming more like an apocalyptic cult". He particularly described Republicans as caring exclusively about their rich donors; being psychologically predisposed toward war; and pandering to the anti-intellectual, science-hostile, religious fundamentalist fringe.

One reason I found Mike Lofgren interesting is that he he looks and talks as if he is a GOP man, which he clearly was for a very long time, but no longer is.

Another reason is that he has some original ideas, notably that of the Deep State:

This refers to his thesis that the corporations have taken over the power of the state, but this has been done without a hidden agenda, about which he may well be right. Here is Lofgren's note 1 that explains what he means:

The term “Deep State” was coined in Turkey and is said to be a system composed of high-level elements within the intelligence services, military, security, judiciary and organized crime. In British author John le Carré’s latest novel, A Delicate Truth, a character describes the Deep State as “… the ever-expanding circle of non-governmental insiders from banking, industry and commerce who were cleared for highly classified information denied to large swathes of Whitehall and Westminster.”  I use the term to mean a hybrid association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the United States without reference to the consent of the governed as expressed through the formal political process.
Then again, he may be wrong, at least in that there is (or may be) considerably more coordination of efforts, deeo behind the scenes. I do not know, and it also is hard to say.

In any case, the above essay is well written and got a lot of responses, and the video of the interview also is quite well done. Here it is (with a bit of sponsoring in the beginning):

(Incidentally, the above is in vimeo.)

4.   U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel - report

Next, I get to a brief report from Reuters:
This starts as follows:

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported on Sunday.

Revelations last year about mass U.S. surveillance in Germany, in particular of Merkel's mobile phone, shocked Germans and sparked the most serious dispute between the transatlantic allies in a decade.

Bild am Sonntag said its information stemmed from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany and that those being spied on included Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel.

There is more there, and I should also say that Bild am Sonntag is not the most reliable newspaper, but this is entirely likely.
5. Somatic Symptom Disorder

Next, this is the first of two items that deal with my disease, that is considerably more difficult than it would have been if there were no psychiatrists, whose political bullshit has been both made for and adapted by all the governments that want to save every penny they can from poor and ill folks, so that they can use these for the benefits of bankers or bureaucrats.

This includes the U.S., the British and the Dutch governments, that all insist that diseases they do not know of, in fact are known to them, and namely as "psychosomatic disorders", which is a psychiatric intentional figment of imagination. (I do not say there are no imaginary diseases. I do say that "psychosomatic disorder" is a completely
bullshit and very evil concept as it has been defined in the DSM-5. And I am a psychologist and a philosopher, in terms of university degrees.)

Here is - if you are interested - a brief article from someone who advocates for persons with trigeminal neuralgia, that is on dr. Healy's blog:
And here is also - again, if you are interested - a longish article ob Fibromyalgia, that is or soon will be a psychosomatic disorder, thanks to the degenerates who composed the DSM-5, who lie, and lie and lie, and get away with it because they write in medical journals:
I have to admit that I tried to read the last article, but gave up on it because it is written far too much as a "medical scientific article", whereas its proper subject is, or should be, that the DSM-5 got written by sick minds who insist that if (1) you have pain and (2) some doctor thinks you are being a bit "excessive" about it, then you are mentally ill and may as well be feigning and misleading - and yes, these two criterions are all that is required for you to be treated for decades as if you were a mental case: You complained too much about your pains, or so your doctor thinks.

As before: my advice is to avoid all psychiatry, and to go to a psychologist if you need mental help.

6.  Role of adaptive and innate immune cells in chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis

Finally, the last article is an example of what seems to be good research:
Because I have ME/CFS, since 1.1.1979, that would have been much better researched if the obscurantistic psychiatrist careerist and dishonest professor Sir Simon Wessely had drowned in 1979 (I say it as it is, without intending or calling for any harm to this meanwhile elderly "medical" "scientist") here is the summary:
Perturbations in immune processes are a hallmark of a number of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is an inflammatory disorder with possible autoimmune correlates, characterized by reduced NK cell activity, elevations in regulatory T cells (Tregs) and dysregulation in cytokine levels. The purpose of this article is to examine innate and adaptive immune cell phenotypes and functional characteristics that have not been previously examined in CFS/ME patients. Thirty patients with CFS/ME and 25 non-fatigued controls were recruited for this study. Whole blood samples were collected from all participants for the assessment of cell phenotypes, functional properties, receptors, adhesion molecules, antigens and intracellular proteins using flow cytometric protocols. The cells investigated included NK cells, dendritic cells, neutrophils, B cells, T cells, γδT cells and Tregs. Significant changes were observed in B-cell subsets, Tregs, CD4+CD73+CD39+ T cells, cytotoxic activity, granzyme B, neutrophil antigens, TNF-α and IFN-γ in the CFS/ME patients in comparison with the non-fatigued controls. Alterations in B cells, Tregs, NK cells and neutrophils suggest significant impairments in immune regulation in CFS/ME and these may have similarities to a number of autoimmune disorders.
It so happens that, after complaining for 35 years about ME/CFS, I have since 2012 (at least) three autoimmune diseases, all recognized medically by their symptoms, of which one - keratoconjunctivitis sicca - has been quite serious and painful. (But now I may be complaining too much, and should beware of being called a "psychosomatizer".)
[1] Here it is necessary to insist, with Aristotle, that 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 one of the citizens: upon the same principle, if it is advantageous to place the supreme power in some particular persons, they should be appointed to be only guardians, and the servants of the 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)

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

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