9, 2014
Crisis: NSA, CIA, Multinationals, Big Pharma, Personal
   "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. The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously.
2. CIA: We Only Spied On Senate Intelligence Committee    
     Because They Took Classified Documents...

Justice Advocates Challenge Power of Multinational

4. Drug Dealing Legalized; They're Called Pharmaceutical

5. Personal

About ME/CFS


This is the Nederlog for March 9, and it is about the crisis. It is a Sunday and I didn't find much, but I have four items. The fifth is personal and enthuses a bit about my biking.

I do not think anything today is very important, but I only can report on what I find.

1. The NSA Has An Advice Columnist. Seriously.

The first article is by Peter Maass and is on the Intercept:
This starts as follows:

What if the National Security Agency had its own advice columnist? What would the eavesdroppers ask about?

You don’t need to guess. An NSA official, writing under the pen name “Zelda,” has actually served at the agency as a Dear Abby for spies. Her “Ask Zelda!” columns, distributed on the agency’s intranet and accessible only to those with the proper security clearance, are among the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The columns are often amusing – topics include co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, supervisors not responding to emails, and office-mates who smell bad. But one of the most intriguing involves a letter from an NSA staffer who complains that his (or her) boss is spying on employees.

There is rather a lot more under the last dotted link.

2. CIA: We Only Spied On Senate Intelligence Committee Because They Took Classified Documents That Prove We're Liars

The next article is by Mike Masnik and is on techdirt:
This is from the first paragraph:
The issue revolved around a draft of an internal review by the CIA, which apparently corroborates many of the Senate report's findings -- but which the CIA did not hand over to the Senate. This internal report not only supports the Senate report's findings, but also shows that the CIA has been lying in response to questions about the terror program.
The main reason it is here is that it illustrates that executive, non-elected persons determine how the US is to be governed.

more under the last dotted link.

3. Justice Advocates Challenge Power of Multinational Corporations   

Next, an article by Bryant Harris that I found on Common Dreams but originates from the Inter Press Service:

This starts as follows:

Advocacy and accountability groups are urging the U.S. Congress to enact new mechanisms that would allow it to hold multinational corporations accountable for rights infringements abroad.

At a congressional briefing on Thursday, legal experts and advocates from Amnesty International, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and Earthrights International proposed measures Congress could take to ameliorate corporate abuses abroad.
This sounds like a good idea. Whether it will be realized?

Again, more under the last dotted link.

4. Drug Dealing Legalized; They're Called Pharmaceutical Companies  

Finally, not an article but a video of 6 min 37 seconds by The Young Turks:
The subject is that the pharmaceutical companies are causing great increases in heroin consumption, because they got very strong painkillers on the market that were said to be not very addictive (but they were) and that have hooked many on heroin as a cheaper alternative. "There doing it on purpose." "Why? Because there's money to be made." "They're the new big drug pushers and they are doing it right under our nose."

This is here mainly because I am convinced that the pharmaceutical companies have far too much power, and abuse the power they have awfully, all for profit, at the cost of people's health.

5. Personal

As I said, I've got a bike again since two days and I have again gone cycling today, which was a real pleasure, simply because otherwise I don't see anything but the house or the street I live in, and because I can do it, quite easily also, which has not been so for at least twelve years.

And because it is a Sunday today and because it was a real first Spring day in Amsterdam, with lots of sun and high temperatures, very many Amsterdammers went out to enjoy the sun.

The Vondelpark was loaded with people, and I cycled rather a lot through Amsterdam, verifying that much that was there in the Seventies wasn't there anymore, and indeed sometimes had been totally rebuild.

It is also true that everything I see is still Amsterdam, and most indeed looks more or less the same, at least in terms of buildings and streets, but it doesn't shall I put it... look as I would like it to look.

Anyway, that's probably mostly me: others see things differently. And I did like my cycling a lot - and perhaps should also add that I have been using 2400 mcg of Metafolate the last four days. I do not know whether this is the cause of my feeling better, but it certainly is associated with it.

[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[2]
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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