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  July
25, 2014
Crisis: Gaza, Undue Process, Watch List, M.E. and mB12 etc.
  "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.
Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the
     Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee?

2. Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Undue Process in Washington
3. How The Terrorist Watch List Works Will Piss You Off
4.
M.E., mB12, metafolate and other supplements

About ME/CFS


Introduction:

This is the Nederlog of July 25. It is a crisis log.

It also is a brief one, for I found just three crisis items, and one is a video. I do not think it is my fault, for I checked all the usual places, but I grant it is convenient for me, because it still is warm in Amsterdam, and it has been so for over a week now.

So what I'll do is this: I provide the three items, and add a fourth one that is an update on my M.E. and the supplements I take to help me against it.
 

1. Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee?

The first item is an article+video by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!:
This is an interview with Sharif Abdel Kouddous who is in Gaza. It starts thus:
Israel has entered the 17th day of its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian death toll has reached at least 732. Palestinian militants are now claiming to have killed eight more Israeli soldiers, which would bring the Israeli military toll to 40. Three civilians have died inside Israel. We speak with independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous just after he visited the southern town of Khan Younis, which has faced heavy shelling since Tuesday. Israeli forces there killed an estimated 73 people in the last two days. Kouddous says residents tried to evacuate starting Tuesday, but "found Israeli tanks blocking the main streets. One group said the Israeli tanks started firing on them. They fled back to their homes. They had to leave the wounded behind." Many eventually walked out carrying white flags. Kouddous also spoke to a doctor who tried to assist the wounded in the area, but says his ambulance was fired on by the Israeli military four times.
There is a lot more there, which you can get by clicking the above link.

2. Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Undue Process in Washington 

The next item is an article by Peter Van Buren on tomdispatch (and some other places):

This is from Tom Engelhardt's introduction to the piece:

You know the old phrase, "it’s a free world?"  Well, don’t overdo it any more, thank you very much.  Your safety, your security, and the well-being of an ever-expanding, ever more aggressive national (and local) security state and its various up-arming and up-armoring policing outfits increasingly trump that freedom.  And let’s face it, when it comes to your safety not from most of the real dangers of our American lives but from “terrorism,” freedom itself really has been oversold.  Remember the famous phrase from the height of the Cold War era, “better dead than red”?  It seems to have been updated without the commies.  Now, it’s something like: “better surveilled than sorry.”  And based on that, all behavior is fast becoming potentially suspicious behavior.

Since 2013, State Department whistleblower Peter Van Buren has been covering our new world of constricting freedoms in what he’s termed “Post-Constitutional America” for TomDispatch.  With this look at the government’s newfound “right” to kill an American citizen without due process, he completes a three-part series on the shredding of the Bill of Rights, the previous two parts having focused on the First Amendment and the Fourth Amendment.

Note that the first paragraph is ironical: “better surveilled than sorry" means that you have given up your status as a free individual, and are rather a slave than a free individual:

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." 
   -- Benjamin Franklin

For you are giving up your essential liberties, if you consent that all your private data are the free property of the NSA, and are all taken without any judgment by any public court and without any explicit consent and indeed also without your knowledge, even if you were to agree in principle (as I think you should not).

Peter Van Buren's article starts as follows:

You can't get more serious about protecting the people from their government than the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, specifically in its most critical clause: "No person shall be... deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." In 2011, the White House ordered the drone-killing of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki without trial. It claimed this was a legal act it is prepared to repeat as necessary. Given the Fifth Amendment, how exactly was this justified? Thanks to a much contested, recently released but significantly redacted -- about one-third of the text is missing -- Justice Department white paper providing the basis for that extrajudicial killing, we finally know: the president in Post-Constitutional America is now officially judge, jury, and executioner.

Further on, there is this:

In March 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder made quite a remarkable statement about the al-Awlaki killing. He claimed “that a careful and thorough executive branch review of the facts in a case amounts to ‘due process’ and that the Constitution’s Fifth Amendment protection against depriving a citizen of his or her life without due process of law does not mandate a ‘judicial process.’” In other words, according to the top legal authority in the nation, a White House review was due process enough when it came to an American citizen with al-Qaeda sympathies. In this, though it was unknown at the time, Holder was essentially quoting a secret white paper on that killing produced by the Office of Legal Counsel, located in the department he headed.

There is a lot more there, which you can get by clicking the last dotted link, and in case you didn't know, Peter Van Buren worked for 24 years for the U.S. Department of State, and also spent a year in Iraq.

3. How The Terrorist Watch List Works Will Piss You Off 

The next item is not an article but is a fairly brief video by The Young Turks:

This explains why the "terrorist watch list" is a very dangerous development, that also is quite illegal by my standards (and indeed totally regardless of all the secret judges who are secretly blackmailed who have judged secretively that "Yes, a few secret service boys can steal all private mails and phone conversations, and also all trade secrets": I come from a strongly anti-fascist family, and fascism seems the best word for these practices).

Here is a part of their explanation, which is a quote from The Atlantic:


Quite so: they are the practices of a police state, not of any real democracy, nor of any free and open society.

4. M.E., mB12, metafolate and other supplements

The next and last item is not about the crisis but is an update about my M.E., and mB12 and the other supplements I take to do something against it. The previous long updates are from July 3 and June 21, and I refer you to them in case you want more backgrounds.

Here is the list of what I currently take, that goes mostly back to what I reported on February 25, 2014. But there are a few changes:


metafolin: 1600 mcg:
This is the directly usable form of folate, and part of the protocol. (2 pills.)
vitamin C: 4 grams:
I think - statistics support me - this makes sense for me. (4 pills)
kalium: 800 mg:
This is part of the protocol. I do need at least 400 mg, given the rest. (4 pills)
vitamin mB12: 5000 mcg: Note it is methylcobalamin, and this is a return to Solgar, that I have used before. I do not take it every day but every other or third day. (1 pill)
vitamin aB12: 3000 mcg: Note this adenosinecovalamin. This I
use every other or third day. (1 pill)

magnesium: 750 mg. This is just magnesium and constitutes a double daily dose. (4 pills)
VM-75: A multivitamin + mineral supplement from Solgar, that contains about everything, that I will not list here, also because it seems - experimentally - most is not very relevant for me. (1 pill).
vitamin E: 400 IE. This is because it has seemed to help me quite a few times the last 30 years. (1 pill)
vitamin B50: 50 mg or mcg of B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 plus some more. (1 pill)



I am doing relatively well on this since a month, that was also quite warm the last 9 days, which is not good for me, but which I weathered quite well so far (and a lot better than in 2010).

Here are a few notes on the differences (and for more notes on the other supplements, see June 21, 2014):

vitamin mB12: For the moment and since 3 weeks or so I have returned to Solgar's mB12, for the simple reasons that I have still 3 1/2 pots standing and am poor. I have noticed no differences so far.

magnesium: This is without calcium, zinc and D, but these are in the VM-75.

vitamin E and vitamin B: I have taken a lot of these in the middle 1980-ies (more than now) and this then really seemed to help (also statistically). These two supplements have been added for about three weeks now.
I have noticed no differences so far.

As to these last two vitamins: It were these - vitamin E plus large doses of the B-vitamins - that gave me a considerable amount of energy when I first took them in 1983, quite accidentally, and without knowing anything about vitamins or supplements or orthomolecular medicine, and also before any of these things became fashionable (which happened some years after).

Since these did give me energy, which is the main thing I lack ever since 1.1.1979 when I fell ill with mononucleosis, I continued taking them, and indeed had to order them from England the first year or so. On February 4, 1985 I made the following note, that is translated here from the Dutch:
It seems that now I have the capacity to dance for about 10 to 15 minutes without serious consequences as regards sweating and muscle aches. I do sweat like a drain from my head and torso (as contrasted with everyone else who dances and does not visibly sweat and can dance for hours) and I have pains in my legs, but I am not completely wet and the pains are not strong. So again and
again: This is better than I have been since 1.1.1979, and indeed by rather a lot.

That was 1985, when I still was 34. Since then it has hardly ever been better, and it was generally worse, the last 29 years, sometimes - in fact: two decades - also by quite a lot. And these were my main problems ever since 1.1.1979: I have far less energy than healthy people; I have much more muscle aches; and I do a great amount of sweating.

What has improved with mB12 plus metafolate plus the rest since 2011 is this:

I have considerably less muscle aches, and indeed am mostly painless during the day, though not at night; I have a bit more energy than since 1994, but also have to take care (and it still is a lot less than healthy people); and I do not sweat anymore, except rarely, if I really do too much. (But I piss a lot.)


Since I have taken supplements for over 30 years now - experimentally, in varying doses, of various manufacturers, of various kinds, and off and on - I can say with confidence that (1) they are the only rational explanation for my feeling better with than without and (2) the mB12 plus metafolate (etc.) worked the best for me, but (3) while I have read rather a lot about supplements, I have no detailed biochemical explanation, and must work experimentally. Finally, for those interested in life extension: (4) I do look a lot younger - some twenty years - than my age, although I have felt older most of the time. (I think this is in part genetic and in part an effect of the supplements I have taken since 1983.)

Again, much of this could have been much better with more research on vitamins or on vitamins and M.E., but the truth is that most medical research these days is done by big corporations who only care for profits, and as vitamins cannot be patented, the profit margins are far less than those of ordinary medicines (which also tend to be more dangerous than supplements: I have not had a single negative experience that I could rationally trace back to my taking  supplements - they often did not do anything for me, but they also never decreased my condition or worsened it in any way I could see).

The reasons I am taking these supplements are these:
  • I am ill since 1.1.1979 (the first year of my studies)
  • I get no help whatsoever except minimal dole and sleeping pills and duratears for my eye problems
  • I have found that some supplements do help me (and most don't, although also without making me feel worse)
  • the supplements I take have helped me over the past two years, in which I could do more and have done more than all the foregoing years from 1994-2012.
Since I have two truly excellent degrees, which if I had been healthy would have allowed me to work in some university (indeed preferably outside Holland) it would seem to me that I am really ill, and that the above is the only rational thing that I can do to help me some, at least, which it also does.
 

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Notes
[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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