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  June
15, 2014
Crisis: Internet, Boarding, Blair, Clinton, Cameron, 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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Sections
Introduction

1. The Internet of Things: it's a really big deal
2. Why Boarding Schools Produce Bad Leaders
3. Tony Blair: west must intervene in Iraq
4. Hillary Clinton Sides with NSA over Snowden Disclosures
5. David Cameron joins calls for push of 'British values' in
     schools

6. Personal

About ME/CFS


Introduction:

This is the Nederlog of June 15. It is an ordinary crisis log.

Well...it is so mostly: it is a Sunday, and I also earlier uploaded another part of my autobiography. There isn't really much, and the last three pieces are also about some of Our Revered Democratic Leaders, that I might have skipped on weekdays, and indeed probably would have, but given that I do not revere them, and also given the second item, I thought OK: Let's treat them, albeit briefly.

You can skip it, but these are some of the most important of Our Modern Democratic Leaders, who also are all financially extremely well of.

1. The Internet of Things: it's a really big deal

The first item is an article John Naughton on The Guardian:
This starts as follows - and it may be a bit difficult to gauge how serious John Naughton is (not very, and rightly so, even though it is quite scarey):

Good morning! Or evening, if you happen to be reading this on the other side of the world. Our topic for today is the internet. What? You already know about the internet? No, no, I don't mean that internet, the boring old one you use to access YouTube and send Facebook updates, email and tweets and stuff. That's the internet of people and it's so, well, yesterday. I'm talking about the new internet, which is going to be the latest thing Real Soon Now.

It's called the Internet of Things or IoT and it's got everybody very excited over in Silicon Valley, where they hyperventilate a lot about technology. When you ask them what it is they say things such as "a global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases and massive data centres in a world-spanning information fabric".

Translated into English, that means billions of gadgets, each one of them connected to the internet and communicating madly with one another without much in the way of human intervention. So your fridge can talk to your smartphone to tell it that you're running out of milk, while your bathroom scales messages your GP's computer to let it know that you're not sticking to your diet plan, and the webcam in your living room sends you a text to tell you that the cat has been sick on the sofa, and cool stuff like that.

In other words: The Silicon Valley gurus hope to invest everybody with as many and as diverse spying gadgets as they can possibly introduce, perhaps not to help the NSA, although they will gladly help it as long as that exists, but in order to spy on you and to sell the data they gather to other rich people who then can offer you deals on brand products that you will think are good.

It may happen if the NSA can have its way, or most of it, and it is currently supposed to be able to deliver $ 7.1 trillion (yes: trillion, that is a thousand billion, which is a thousand million).

I am certainly going not to have any of it, and indeed I missed out so far on a cell phone and a web cam, and feel quite happy about that. Whether younger people than I am can avoid being spied upon in their own houses from 8 different directions wherever they are, in full color also, I don't know. For me it really is scarey, but then I do not have a high opinion of politicians or business leaders, and happily I also do not have children, and am 64. But it may happen, with the politicians and business leaders we have.

There is considerably more under the last dotted link.

2. Why Boarding Schools Produce Bad Leaders

The next item is an article by Nick Duffell on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:

In Britain, the link between private boarding education and leadership is gold-plated. If their parents can afford it, children are sent away from home to walk a well-trodden path that leads straight from boarding school through Oxbridge to high office in institutions such as the judiciary, the army, the City and, especially, government. Our prime minister was only seven when he was sent away to board at Heatherdown preparatory school in Berkshire. Like so many of the men who hold leadership roles in Britain, he learned to adapt his young character to survive both the loss of his family and the demands of boarding school culture. The psychological impact of these formative experiences on Cameron and other boys who grow up to occupy positions of great power and responsibility cannot be overstated. It leaves them ill-prepared for relationships in the adult world and the nation with a cadre of leaders who perpetuate a culture of elitism, bullying and misogyny affecting the whole of society.

Nevertheless, this golden path is as sure today as it was 100 years ago, when men from such backgrounds led us into a disastrous war; it is familiar, sometimes mocked, but taken for granted. But it is less well known that costly, elite boarding consistently turns out people who appear much more competent than they actually are. They are particularly deficient in non-rational skills, such as those needed to sustain relationships, and are not, in fact, well-equipped to be leaders in today's world

I have been doing psychotherapy with ex-boarders for 25 years and I am a former boarding-school teacher and boarder.

I say. I mean: I believe Nick Duffell, at least for the most part, and there is a lot more under the last dotted link, all of which implies that former boarders - like: David Cameron, Boris Johnson, and Tony Blair - almost certainly cannot be good leaders, although they have been successfully bullied (when young) to seem so.

Anyway, this is quite interesting, and Duffell certainly is right that (1) boarding school is an antiquated and cruel system to grow what are in fact emotionally warped imposturers, who look strong but are weak inside, and who love to bully, for that is what they learned best from their peers, basically because (2) it is very unwise - except if one has really bad parents - to separate children younger than 16 for long times from their parents, and also because (3) the whole boarding school atmosphere is very unnatural, and makes unavoidably for an enormous amount of bullying and cruelty.

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

3. Tony Blair: west must intervene in Iraq

The next item is an article by Patrick Wintour, Tracy McVeigh and Mark Townsend, that starts with a picture in which Tony Blair faces the public with a serious face and utterly mad eyes:

It starts like this:

Tony Blair has urged western governments to recognise that they need to take an active role in the Middle East, saying the west should consider military options short of sending ground troops.

The former prime minister said there was a huge range of options available, including air strikes and drones as used in Libya.

Blair was speaking on UK morning TV shows after writing a lengthy essay setting out how to respond to the Iraq crisis, including his belief that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was not the cause of the country's implosion.

He said: "It is in our interests for this jihadist extremist group to be stopped in its tracks. I understand entirely why people say 'it is nothing to do with us and I don't want to hear about it'."

But he said the jihadis "are not simply fighting Iraqis and they are also willing to fight us and they will if we don't stop them".

O sure, and he would have said they have "weapons of mass destruction" if this excuse would have the least plausibility, after having failed so miserably about Iraq.

Incidentally, according to Wikipedia, the democratic socialist Blair has a mere eight residences, a personal fortune of 60 million pounds (about $180 million: how he ever could have gotten this totally escapes me, except that it cannot possibly have happened in an honest way), and he also has 200 people working for him.

I also learned from the Wikipedia that he is where he is basically because his Catholic God helped him with two flukes: the Black Wednesday of 1992, and the sudden death of Labour leader John Smith, and that he was an indifferent student, who also failed as a pop musician.

Anyway...why anybody would take this liar and mass murderer serious, I really do not know: it seems to me that - and quite regardless of my personal antipathy to this political crook - he has been utterly tainted by incompetence, gross lying and personal greed.

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

4. Hillary Clinton Sides with NSA over Snowden Disclosures

The next item is an article by Sarah Lazare on Common Dreams:

This starts as follows:

Likely 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has taken a firm stance against the actions of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, denying his revelations have brought any positive impacts and slamming him for accepting asylum in Russia.

Speaking with NPR's Terry Gross on Thursday, Clinton claimed Snowden could have "expressed his concerns" in other ways "by reaching out to some of the senators or other members of Congress or journalists in order to convey his questions about the implementation of the laws surrounding the collection of information concerning Americans' calls and emails."

Her comments sparked criticism from progressives, journalists and civil liberties advocates.

"[Clinton] is just piling on with others who criticized Snowden, not recognizing that if it were not for him and his courageous disclosures, we wouldn't even know our government is routinely violating our 4th amendment rights," Matt Rothschild, senior editor of The ProgressiveCommon Dreams. magazine, told

The former U.S. Secretary of State defended U.S. mass surveillance, stating, "collecting information about what’s going around the world is essential to our security."

I say, but not really: Snowden should have gone to her, so that she could deliver him to the CIA, and he also should be blamed for not profiting at all but giving his stuff to legitimate journalists. That is what she is implying or saying.

Anyway - another millionaire-cum-democratic-political-leader I neither trust nor like. One of the awful things about her is that she may run for president, against an even worse Republican - but then that is modern "democratic" politics, run by and for the very rich servants of the very rich.

And there is more under the last dotted link.

5.  David Cameron joins calls for push of 'British values' in schools

The next item is an article by Patrick Wintour on The Guardian:
This starts as follows:

A failure to promote "British values" in a muscular way is allowing extremism to grow in the UK, David Cameron has said.

The prime minister revealed plans to teach all school pupils about the Magna Carta in response to allegations of extremism at schools in Birmingham. Last week he backed education secretary Michael Gove's plans to put British values at the heart of the national curriculum.

In a Mail on Sunday article he said that values including freedom, tolerance of others, accepting personal and social responsibility, and respecting and upholding the rule of law were not optional.

"We need to be far more muscular in promoting British values and the institutions that uphold them," Cameron wrote.

He has also said that Great Britain is "a Christian" country; his GCHQ is consistently and massively breaking the Magna Carta; and I really do not know either what are "British values" - what is British about: "accepting personal and social responsibility, and respecting and upholding the rule of law" ?! - nor why not pursueing these "in a muscular way" (?!) "is allowing extremism to grow in the UK".

In fact, I think the dear democratic leader - net worth: 3.2 million pounds, but that is disregarding 2 million pounds he will get from his family - is simply blathering, and is confusing a whole lot of things systematically, and probably in part on purpose: "Britishness", "Christianity", the Magna Carta, "values", "liberty", "tolerance", and "responsibility" and more are thrown together in a murky hodgepodge of vague ideas and plans.

But there is again considerably more under the last dotted link.

6. Personal

This is merely to say that I will fairly soon update the news about my mB12 protocol, and that I am a little late with it because I forgot to order my supplements early
. (But it is still going OK, if also not very well.)

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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.)


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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