who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin
"All governments lie and nothing
say should be believed."
"Power tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
1. Why Wikimedia Just Might
Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA
2. Exposing Anti-Islam Author
Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest
3. GOP-Controlled Senate
Passes Its Version of 'Disaster'
Is She Doing Right? Report Says Wall Street Ready
to Punish Dems over Elizabeth
This is a Nederlog of
March 28, 2015.
This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 4 dotted links: Item
1 is about Wikipedia's legal challenge to the NSA (but the title is
too optimistic); item 2 is about a fine article by
Max Blumenthal who exposesd the fraud Ali (well-known to me as a
Dutchman); item 3 is about the horrible budget that
Senate passed; item 4 is about an insane schema
that the mega-rich banking criminals are considering to silence
Elizabeth Warren; and item 5 is not a
but is the last update on my M.E.
and the protocol I use to help tame
1. Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit
Over NSA Surveillance
item is an article by Thor Benson on Truthdig:
start with, I observe that I reported on this case a week ago : The present article
continues that report and begins as follows:
And there is this from
the end that relates to the title:
The National Security
Agency and the Department of Justice are being
sued by Wikimedia, the nonprofit organization that runs
Wikipedia—the online encyclopedia whose articles can be written or
edited by anyone.
Wikimedia claims that the
U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs are threatening its
ability to spread free, open and honest information and that the way
the NSA collects data violates the First and Fourth Amendments to the
Constitution. The organization is being represented by the American
Civil Liberties Union and is joined in the suit by eight other
plaintiffs, including the National Association of Criminal Defense
Lawyers, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International USA and The Nation.
The suit is specifically
challenging the NSA’s use of “upstream surveillance,” which taps
directly into the Internet’s backbone—the network of cables and routers
that makes the Web possible—and intercepts all the traffic that goes
I hope she is right,
though I think the article's title is a bit too optimistic.
Gorski of the ACLU said
she believes that the plaintiffs have a better chance of winning the
suit than they might have had in the past “due to the Snowden
disclosures and subsequent government acknowledgements about upstream
“There’s no question here
that the plaintiffs do have standing,” she added, using the legal term
referring to the ability to show the court sufficient connection to and
harm from the actions being challenged.
(And the basic way to deny the NSA etc. access is encryption - universal
encryption of everything.)
Anti-Islam Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Latest
item is an article by Max Blumenthal
(<- Wikipedia) on AlterNet:
This starts as follows -
and it's here because I am Dutch, and I know a fair amount about the
careerist fraud who calls herself Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and also
wrote repeatedly about her in Nederlog since 2004:
While promoting her new
book, Heretic, on a March 23 episode of "The Daily Show," Somali-born
author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali made a staggering claim:
“If you look at 70 percent of the violence in the world today, Muslims
are responsible,” she told host Jon Stewart.
Stewart did not
demand any evidence and Hirsi Ali provided no citation. However, she
made a strikingly similar statement in a March 20 essay previewing her new book for
the Wall Street Journal: “According to the International
Institute for Strategic Studies,” Hirsi Ali wrote in
WSJ’s Saturday Essay, “at least 70% of all the fatalities in
armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving
I contacted the
International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a leading British
foreign policy think tank, to inquire about the source of Hirsi Ali’s
statistic. According to IISS spokesperson Kat Slowe, IISS did not state
such a figure in its research.
Yes, and this
simply fits the Ali-pattern, that is well exposed in the rest of the
article, that is quite good. In case you want to know more, here is a link to an English piece I wrote
about her in 2005 (for as a Dutchman I have been able to follow her
career since 2003).
Senate Passes Its Version of 'Disaster' Budget
item is an article by Jon Queally on Common Dreams:
This starts as follows:
After an all-night
session known as a "vote-a-rama" in the U.S. Senate, the
Republican-controlled chamber passed a budget bill early Friday morning
that Democrats, all of whom voted against it, decried as a "disaster"
for the economy and the American people. Outside critics were quick to
assail the budget, which would cut federal spending by $5.1 trillions
over ten years, as a preliminary blueprint for dismantling key programs
of the nation's social safety net while immediately gutting other key
public services such as education, healthcare, and transportation
Yes, indeed. Here is some more:
In brief, it is a budget
that helps the 1% to get even richer at the cost of the 99%.
As Reuters notes,
the GOP-approved budget seeks to eliminate U.S. deficits by 2025
without raising taxes by inflicting deep cuts to social safety net
programs, investments in transportation and education and other
Meanwhile, the budget
would dramatically boost defense spending by adding about $38 billion
to an off-budget war funding account, and would also continue to offer
continued increases to core Pentagon programs year after year.
The only good thing I can say about it is that to anyone intelligent
and informed this is quite clear, but the problem with that
position is that the
American elections are decided by advertising
especially - the half of the American voters whose IQs are maximally
100, and these may be convinced of almost anything if given sufficient
advertisements (which now is
possible thanks to SCOTUS' majority in Citizens United).
4. What Is She Doing Right? Report Says
Wall Street Ready to Punish Dems over Elizabeth Warren
item is also an article by Jon Queally on Common Dreams:
This starts as
What could she possibly
be doing right?
to exlusive reporting by Reuters on Friday, big Wall Street
banks are so upset with Elizabeth Warren’s call to "un-rig" the economy
and proposals for stronger financial regulations that discussions are
underway about withholding campaign contributions to Senate Democrats
as a form of "symbolic" protest against the freshman senator from
Citing sources familiar
with the situation, representatives of some of the nation's largest
banks—including Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of
America—have actively considered putting pressure on the Democratic
establishment by making a coordinated threat to withold campaign
contributions unless the populist rhetoric coming from Sen. Warren and
her colleague from Ohio, Sen. Sherrod Brown, is toned down.
I say?! So some 10 or
so mega-rich criminal bankers, who frauded billions, now have
decided that they will not be criticized by one rare
member of the Senate - and will withhold campaign contributions to other
Democrats until or unless these other Democrats shut up Sen.
That is how the Mafia
would try to do it - but OK: these are psychopathic mega-
frauds who only care for their own millions, and are capable of
anything to increase their profits.
item for today is not an article on some aspect of the crisis, but an
update on my disease M.E. and on
the protocol that I follow, in fact mostly because ordinary doctors
don't help, even though I am really ill for 37 years
(in which I made an M.A. with an - extremely rare - average of 9.3 out
10 possible points, but could not find work because I am ill).
In fact, the present
update is much like the former, but with
one or two changes:
vitamin C: 4
It still is 4 grams a day,
I still take 2 pills a day, which gives a little less
the daily recommended dose, but see the next:
VM-75: 1 pill a day
This gives many supplements, and the vitamins only in fairly strong
doses (75 mg for most B-vitamins).
4 pills a day
This gives 800 mg a day.
2 pills a day
This gives 2000 mcg a day, and is a change: I will be taking
400 mcg more each day this month, than I did for several years.
mB12 infusion: 1 pill a day
This gives 1 mg methylcobalamin
a day OR
Vit mB12 5000 mcg: 1/2 pill a day.
The last two are alternated every day.
aB12: 1 pill every other day
This gives 3000 mcg of dibencozide
(as P-5'-P): 1 pill a day
This gives 50 mg of B6, and I started this again because B6
definitely helped me in the past (notably in 1984-1988).
1 pill every other day.
This gives 1000 iU per pill. This is new (now).
That is it (and NB that
"mcg" = "microgram").
I merely comment on the two differences.
First, the increased metafolin is experimental. It has taken
considerable time and trouble to arrive at the
protocol of last month,
that did tide me over a relatively good year of 2014. Since the end of
2014 I have had a slightly worse condition, and slept again too little
on several days (that then may effect me for a week or more), and I
will be trying this month whether 20% more metafolate makes a
difference. (I don't know.)
And second, the vitamin E. I have a lot of experience with
vitamin E, and I have
now restarted taking it because it has helped me some times against
muscle agues, and I also have had some more muscle agues this year. I
do not know
whether it helps now, and may find out the coming month.
am forced to stop, the next news on my M.E. will be at the end of April.