19, 2014
Crisis: Why I stop the daily crisis series
  "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. Some more George Carlin

2. Why I stop the daily crisis series

3. What will come in its stead

About ME/CFS


This is a Nederlog of Friday, December 19. It is a crisis log, but it is one of the last daily ones:

There are 3 items with 1 dotted link: Item 1 is about George Carlin and me, and has a nice video as a link; item 2 explains why I stop the daily crisis series as it has been done the last 1 1/2 years; and item 3 explains what will come in its stead.

This file got uploaded a lot earlier than was usual the last 1 1/2 year. And here goes:

1. Some more George Carlin

The first item is a video, of slightly more than an hour:
The reason this is here is because this is the end of the daily crisis series, after one and a half year of daily reporting on the crisis, which meant a daily checking of some 40 internet sites, in which I learned quite a lot, and notably that very few think like I do, but that George Carlin approximates me the best, because he was really smart, had real courage, was a real rebel, and generally, at least since 1992 or so, his criticisms also are often intellectually justified. [2]

I am not suggesting we are alike, because he was a successful comedian and I am an unsuccessful philosopher [3] who has been ill for nearly 37 years now, and we probably are different in most respects, but we are both really smart, which very few people are, in my experience; really courageous, which also very few people are, in my experience; and a real rebel, which again very few people are, in my experience.

Indeed, as to being a rebel, I outrebel Carlin, for I am a rebel since birth, and am the child of rebels (really intelligent people who were real communists - again very rare in my very extensive experience), who themselves were the children of rebels (really intelligent people who were real anarchists and atheists). [4]

And I really do, for most of my attitudes date back to the 1970ies, and were the product of a very uncommon childhood and extremely much reading, mostly of philosophy and mathematical logic, but in fact about 14 different subjects [5], and all done without any help of anyone, for I never met anyone like me, indeed also not later, when I entered and also, at last, finished the university, with one of the best M.A.s ever awarded. (And in the university I also did meet hardly anyone of
genuine intelligence: At most three people - and no: I had not expected that, and it does not make me glad. It simply is a sad fact.)

Anyway - I chose this video because it seems a good choice from a lot more material. Most though not all is of good video quality.

2. Why I stop the daily crisis series 

The crisis series started at the beginning of the crisis: On september 1, 2008. Indeed, this was so early that the Dutch government still was denying there was
any crisis. Also, this was in Dutch, since at that time, and since 2004, I mostly wrote in Dutch, at least in Nederlog.

It still continues and will continue, but not in the same way as I've done since June 10, 2013, when I first became aware of Edward Snowden. Since then I have kept up a daily crisis item based on reading about 40 sites every day, and it is this activity that I am now stopping.

Here are some of my reasons, as points, more or less in the order of importance:
  • It takes too much of my time: especially the reading, sorting, quoting, and then commenting every day, and nearly all of materials that, while they often are interesting, also are journalistic, and not meant to last beyond the day [6], for the most part, is pretty exhausting, also because I am and was ill.
  • Besides: while when I started on this, on June 10, 2013, I had, besides my ordinary illness, that leaves me with very little energy, quite serious and quite painful problems with my eyes, that since then have grown a lot less (though it still is not normal, and maybe never will be).
  • Together, these are two reasons to stop the daily crisis series: it takes too much - and since I now can do a little more, I should try to do some other things, while I still can. (For I am nearly 65, although I neither look it nor feel it. And I cannot do both a daily crisis log and doing other things.)
  • Besides: while I have several thousands of readers, and at least tenthousand hits each day, either nobody of all my readers ever sent me any mail about Nederlog since 2009, or the Dutch NSA intercepts all my mail and nearly all my spam - I don't know, but these are the facts.
  • To which it should be added that I never met anyone like me, and suppose I never will (which is a pity) and I also have reached a point of view that George Carlin reached: The people are mostly fucked, stupid, egoistic, wilfully blind, gladly deluded, quite ignorant and lazy, but also very eager, very egoistic, and mostly quite blind consumers and gadget users, and as long as they are all of that in majority, which they are because of lack of native intelligence and lack of acquired knowledge, he and I are mostly helpless, and can only see, watch and document how civilization will collapse - for it will, with such leaders as we have, in this century also, and from natural causes: there simply are too many stupid, ignorant and dishonest people in the world.
There probably are more, but these are the main reasons.

3. What will come in its stead

What will come instead
of the daily crisis report and hardly anything else in Nederlog is the following:
  • A weekly crisis report, probably on Sundays, probably only based on The Guardian, Common Dreams, Truthdig and Mother Jones, and probably also with little quotation or little comment.
  • A daily Nederlog, in English, about anything that interests me, including bits on the crisis (but with less quotation) - o yes: and these will again have informative titles, instead of lists of keywords.
  • The possibility for me to do some other things, since my health now is a bit better than it was the last 20 years, and the problems with my eyes
    also are considerably less than they were for 2 years. (Thus, I switched from 3 pairs of glasses to 1 recently, and my eyes also are a lot less painful, which is very pleasant.)
The first two are a bit old and a bit new: The first will be like the crisis series, that also continues, but not on a daily basis, and probably with less quotation, and the second will be more like how Nederlog was in 2009 (before learning about XMRV, and before learning about universal surveillance, which for me is plain governmental fascism) but mostly in English and not in Dutch.

I think myself this will produce a better Nederlog, because it will be more varied, and also will cost me less trouble - thus, for example, the present file took only 2 hours to write, instead of the usual 4 to 6, and the main difference is the not searching, not reading and not quoting daily journalism, which indeed is rather a big relief for me.

As to the last possibility: Time will tell, and I'll keep you informed in Nederlog.
I really don't know, except for finishing my Philosophical Dictionary and doing some more philosophy and some more Multatuli (in Dutch, indeed): I really had hardly any time for that, with the little energy I also have since 1.1.1979, in the last four years.
[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] Actually, and apart from the seven words routine, I don't like Carlin very much until the 1990ies, when indeed he did find his real and individual voice.
(Thus I don't care much for the stuff on stuff routine of the 1980ies, for example.)

[3] As to my unsuccessfullness: Yes and no. I have been read by several millions, because of internet, and indeed by very many more readers than the very few who read my "teachers" in the university (though these got and get paid a whole lot more for doing and knowing a whole lot less).

But until my pension I cannot publish books, for example: That would lead to endless extremely sickening difficulties with the insane idiots, degenerates, fascists, terrorists, and other human filth - very sick sadists, especially (and yes, I am a psychologist) - that run the Amsterdam dole. Besides: If ever I publish a book on paper, it will probably not be of a popular kind, so I will earn little or nothing that way.

[4] Also - in case you thought otherwise - the rebelliousness I refer to is intellectual and moral and not otherwise. My hair tended to be longer (and curlier) than that of others, but that was also quite normal for where and when I lived, but otherwise I was and am decent in dress and behavior. If I am noticed,
I am noticed because I am tall (6 ft 4 in - 1.94 m) or because I am a very good talker.

But intellectually and morally I am and always have been an opponent of the
system under which I have to live: This is not a system for intelligent, honest and fair persons, also not if these are a lot rarer than I thought when I was a lot younger.

[5] I have been reading systematically since 1968 or 1969 in these subjects (in which I read around 10,000 books): philosophy, mathematics, logic, psychology, sociology, economy, religion, mysticism, linguistics, physics, literature (mostly English, again mostly older: 18th and early 19th C especially), and history, to which were later - around 1980 - added medicine and computers.

I do not know of anyone who read as widely as I do, and also of no one who read as much. And I am not bragging: in fact, this was an unexpected and sad

[6] Here is a joke from the 1960ies: What is of infinite value before the day, costs a quarter on the day, and is useless the day after? The daily paper.

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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