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Nederlog


  May
2, 2014
Crisis: White House, Snowden * 2, enormous drugs corruption, data, mB12
   "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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Sections
Introduction

1. White House extends data privacy protections to non-US
     citizens

2. Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends
     Whistle-Blowers

3. Snowden, Poitras Awarded for 'Truth-Telling'
4. 
Big Banks Started Laundering Massive Sums of Drug
     Money In the 1980s … And Are Still Doing It Today

5. Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of
     secret data demands

6. My mB12-protocol

About ME/CFS


Introduction:

This is the Nederlog of May 2. It is a crisis issue.

There are five items, probably mostly not really important, except for the fourth, that details the enormous corruption about drugs, that is here: marijuana, hashish, cocaine, heroin etc., that does not exist only in Holland, where there is now over 30 years of illegal trading in many billions a year of illegal drugs, all protected by anyone with any official function, but also elsewhere. I have made a few additions to this, but I must add that I have given up on Holland, mostly. [2]

Also, the sixth item is a fairly brief update on my mB12-protocol.

1. White House extends data privacy protections to non-US citizens

The first item is an article by Dan Roberts on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:

The White House has ordered that US data privacy protections will soon be extended to non-Americans in an announcement that seems timed to take some of the heat out of Friday's meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel.

Though separate from the administration's earlier review of intelligence activities including the bugging of her phone, the report, led by senior adviser John Podesta, touches on many of the associated privacy concerns raised by the European Union in ongoing trade negotiations.

Its release, which came with no notice just hours before Merkel was due to land in Washington, also coincides with a visit by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to Silicon Valley.
Having a rather broad acquaintance with the utterances of the Obama administration, I'd say "that US data privacy protections will soon be extended to non-Americans" sounds to me like bullshit. Here are three of my reasons:

(1) Obama has now five years of talking one way, while acting the other way.
(2) The "
US data privacy protections" are useless for Americans anyway.
(3) As usual, I get no specifics on any kind.

I am overstating my concerns, perhaps? Well, there is next this:

Officials will seek to make sure US government departments and companies treat data on foreigners with the same privacy safeguards “where practicable, or to establish alternative privacy policies that apply appropriate and meaningful protections to personal information regardless of a person's nationality”.
Being non-American, but knowing all private and personal data may be and are hoovered up by the NSA, getting "the same privacy safeguards" does not sound like much, while the additional "where practicable", is a lame qualification, which is followed by the total bullshit "or to establish alternative privacy policies that apply appropriate and meaningful protections to personal information" since that  sounds like totally empty hokum to me.

And it seems the Center for Digital Democracy agrees with me, for after formally commending the White House, they say:

“However, the report failed to identify the commercial surveillance complex that has been put in place by Google, Facebook, and many other data-driven businesses … Indeed, we are concerned that the report may give a green light to expanded data collection, where the principle is 'collect first and worry about privacy and consumer protection later'."
It is more polite than what I said, but it seems the same. That is: this is propaganda from the White House, meant to deceive rather than help.

2.  Edward Snowden Accepts Ridenhour Prize, Defends Whistle-Blowers 

The next item is an article by Alexander Reed Kelly on Truthdig:

This starts as follows:

The NSA whistle-blower accepted the prize for “truth-telling” Wednesday afternoon and spoke via a Web stream.

Let me break this for a moment to quote from later on in the story, where it is said what the Ridenhour Prize is:

“The annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes memorialize the spirit of fearless truth-telling that whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour reflected throughout his extraordinary life and career. Each prize carries a $10,000 stipend.”

I did not know. Now to continue the first quotation:

“A year ago there was no way I could have imagined being here, being honored in this room,” Snowden said in his opening remarks. “When I began this, I never expected to receive the level of support that I did from the public. Having seen what happened to the people that came before, specifically Thomas Drake, it was an intimidating thing. I’d realized that the highest likelihood, the most likely outcome of returning this information to public hands would be that I would spend the rest of my life in prison. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do.”

Yes, I believe him - and see my June 10, 2013 Nederlog, on the day I first heard of him. But this makes him extra-ordinary: Ordinary people, also very intelligent ordinary people, do not do this. That is, their self-interest outweighs their conscience nearly always, especially when their actions might personally endanger them or cost them money.

To continue the above:

“Now, what’s important about this is I’m not the only one who felt this way,” Snowden continued. He went on to talk about former colleagues at the NSA and its contractors who had doubts about what they were doing but who refused to do anything about it because they feared their lives would be destroyed by the people they worked for.

Yes, indeed - and they are right, although they should know that they do work with colleagues (<- Dutch link, but quite revealing for who can read it - and I wrote it seven years ago) who are quite willing and able to destroy the lives of anyone who tells on their illegal doings.

There is more under the last dotted link, but I have another item that reports on the same event:

3.  Snowden, Poitras Awarded for 'Truth-Telling'

The next item is an article by Andrea Germanos on Common Dreams:

As I said, this reports the same event as the previous item, and it starts thus:
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras were honored Wednesday with the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.

"We have selected Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras for their work in exposing the NSA's illegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of the ommunications of millions of people living in the United States," the award committee explained in a statement.

"Their act of courage was undertaken at great personal risk and has sparked a critical and transformative debate about mass surveillance in a country where privacy is considered a constitutional right. We particularly wanted to salute the role that Poitras has played in this story, as we feel that her contribution has not been adequately recognized by the American media."

I have explained in the previous item what the Ridenhour Prize is, but it pleases me that the award committee specifically talked about "the NSA's illegal and unconstitutional bulk collection of the ommunications of millions of people" (in which I inserted a missing "i" in "illegal"), for that indeed is quite right, and makes what the NSA does, and the US government defends, criminal.

There is also mention of Snowden, who is quoted (i.a.) to the following effect:

"When Clapper raised his hand and lied to the American public, was anyone tried? Were any charges brought?" Snowden asked. "Within 24 hours of going public, I had three charges against me."

Yes, indeed.

4. Big Banks Started Laundering Massive Sums of Drug Money In the 1980s … And Are Still Doing It Today

The next item is an article by Washington's Blog:

This starts as follows:

For More Than 30 Years, the Big Banks Have Been Key Players In the Drug Trade

It has become mainstream news that at least some of the big banks are  laundering staggering sums of drug money.  See this, this, this, this, this, this and and this.

But you may not know the scope or history of the problem.

Official statistics show that huge sums of drug money are laundered every year:

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) conducted a study to determine the magnitude of illicit funds generated by drug trafficking and organised crimes and to investigate to what extent these funds are laundered.  The report estimates that in 2009, criminal proceeds amounted to 3.6% of global GDP, with 2.7%  (or USD 1.6 trillion) being laundered.

This falls within the widely quoted estimate by the International Monetary Fund, who stated in 1998 that the aggregate size of money laundering in the world could be somewhere between two and five percent of the world’s gross domestic product.  Using 1998 statistics, these percentages would indicate that money laundering ranged between USD 590 billion and USD 1.5 trillion. At the time, the lower figure was roughly equivalent to the value of the total output of an economy the size of Spain.

There is a lot more there, which is interesting, but I will for a moment shift to my own position on drugs, that is now for over 25 years the same:

As you may now, either from Nederlog in English or from ME in Amsterdam in Dutch, my health was completely destroyed by the Amsterdam drugsmafia + the Amsterdam mayor from 1988-1991, for the dealers (plus three surrounding cafés) kept me out of sleep constantly, for almost 4 years, and they were protected by the Amsterdam mayor, by his legal staff, by the Amsterdam aldermen, by the Amsterdam council members, by the Amsterdam municipal police, by the Amsterdam district attorneys, by the Amsterdam and the Dutch judges, and by the Amsterdam journalists.

Why? Because they all refused to do anything for me, in spite of the fact that they knew that I - the son and grandson of Dutch resistance heroes - had been gassed by the drugsdealers that the mayor had given permission to deal in my house, and kept out of sleep for nearly four years: None of them replied to me, in any way, ever, except for two times, namely by writing me a single line which said that they would not do anything for me.

The whole lot was and is grossly corrupt, as indeed also is the case outside Holland, as detailed by Washington's Blog, where there is much more.

And no, I did not know this extent of gross corruption circa 1990: Most of it came out later, and mostly because of the Van Traa-report (<- online, with my notes, that are a lot easier to read, alas only in Dutch), which is the only more or less honest report on drugs that appeared in Holland, in 1995, soon after which the parliamentarian Van Traa, who wrote much of it, was killed "in an accident", since when drugs have been hardly mentioned, except in grossly falsifying brief reports in Holland (where money is almost never mentioned: all you get is totally evidence-less claims about kilos of marijuana, and corruption is never mentioned, in this country full of illegal "coffeeshops" selling soft drugs, all of which are protected by mayors, district attorneys and police, all for unknown amounts of money).

From the
Van Traa-report it can be deduced, by simple multiplication, that on the basis of the (probably too low) estimates for soft drugs alone in Holland at least 250 Billion dollars - 250.000.000.000 dollars - have been turned over in Holland the last 25 years. At least. And if one adds other drugs, the amounts get much larger.

But no one seems to care in Holland, and no one writes seriously about it, except for me. Here is my 2001-introduction to the Van Traa-report, where the amounts were given in guilders: Half them to get the approximate amount in euros or dollars:

English: 

This is the beginning of the parliamentary Van Traa report - section
Amsterdam, of 1995, in which it is calculated that the yearly turn-over of illegal drugs centered in Holland is ... around 50 BILLION guilders at least, since many years. Nobody in Holland cares much, and indeed its cool business and 50 BILLION guilders a year turnover, of which a much larger part than legal stuff is profit. Also, it is well to reflect - for foreigners - that 50 BILLION guilders (minimally!) PER YEAR equals about 25% of the TOTAL yearly economical turnover. 

Thus, Holland has become the Colombia of Europe - thanks to Dutch politicians, Dutch judges, Dutch attorneys of law, Dutch illegal dangerous and rich drugs dealers, and very much Dutch courage of the average Dutch. 

And most of this illegal drugs-dealing in Holland is centered in Amsterdam, where it is protected ("gedoogd", the Dutch say, when they mean the drugs criminals have a direct link to the offcial institutions that rule the city, and indeed part of these institutions are ruled by criminals working for drugs dealers). So it is thanks to past and present mayors of Amsterdam, and past and present aldermen of Amsterdam (called in Dutch, ironically: WEThouders = LAWkeepers) of Amsterdam that in Amsterdam yearly BILLIONS are earned by the local drugs mafia.

Corruption pays - and a lot, and it is very easy, and the Amsterdam official institutions are rife with it.

Unfortunately - if you are happy enough to live outside Holland -  to read how and why this has become possible in Amsterdam, you have to read Dutch.

For me - having tried for 15 years to get a hearing, a phone call, a letter, a mail from the deeply drugscorrupt criminals that rule Holland, I know I live in a thoroughly degenerate very sick country, that is ruled everywhere by politicians, bureaucrats and courts that are completely corrupt, but that also are very rich.

5. Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands

The next item is  an article by Craig Timberg on the Washington Post:
This starts as follows:
Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.

This increasingly defiant industry stand is giving some of the tens of thousands of Americans whose Internet data gets swept into criminal investigations each year the opportunity to fight in court to prevent disclosures. Prosecutors, however, warn that tech companies may undermine cases by tipping off criminals, giving them time to destroy vital electronic evidence before it can be gathered.

Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.

This increasingly defiant industry stand is giving some of the tens of thousands of Americans whose Internet data gets swept into criminal investigations each year the opportunity to fight in court to prevent disclosures. Prosecutors, however, warn that tech companies may undermine cases by tipping off criminals, giving them time to destroy vital electronic evidence before it can be gathered.

There is a lot more in the article. Personally, I can't say this gives me a really good feeling. It seems mostly propaganda, to act as if they are defending the rights of their users that they have sold out and given away for many years. But OK - I shall see whether they can keep this up.

6. My mB12-protocol

Finally, a fairly brief update on my mB12-protocol.

The previous update is from April 5, 2014, and it is presupposed here, for I do not want to state and restate the pills I take: it is the same, except for the things I mention. On April 5 I decided, after a month on 3 metafolates, to try 4 and also to increase the potassium.

I stopped with this after nearly three weeks, on April 24, and the reason was that I had gotten more pain in my legs, especially (which I have had very great amounts of, since 1.1.1979).

That seems to have been due mostly to too little potassium, but since the pain did not get away soon enough, I soon diminished the metafolate to 2, which is where they are now, and indeed the pain is mostly gone, which is quite pleasant.

What I kept was the increased potassium, and what I added some days ago is Magnesium, 750 mg per day (a double daily dose: I hadn't taken it for quite a while), and this seemed to have helped: Yesterday I did the weekly shoppings, wrote two NLs and went cycling for an hour, which together was quite a lot for me, and considerably more than I can do most days.

Anyway...since I did do quite well on 2 metafolate, together with the rest, I will continue for a month on the present protocol, and then reconsider - unless I get worse, which I then will also report.

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Note
[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.)

[2] I also live here against my will: I would have left Holland already in 1980 had I been healthy, but I was and am not. Next year I'll get a pension, and then I reconsider whether I must remain in Holland. If I am any healthier, I probably will try to leave, for I detest Holland, where all the officials I know of protect the drugsmafia, and educational standards have halved over the last 30 years; else, I probably have no choice but to stay.

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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