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."
1000-th item in the crisis series
This is a Nederlog
of Saturday, October 10, 2015.
This is a crisis
blog. There is an earlier crisis log
today, under the link, that reviews 5 articles, but this blog is a bit
extra-ordinary: It is the 1000-th (thousandth) blog in the
It contains two sections: An explanation of my site, Nederlog and the
crisis series, followed by a partial answer to "now what?".
The 1000-th item in the crisis series
Nederlog is the 1000-th log in the crisis series, which
I will explain in this section, in three steps.
First my site.
I have an internet
connection since late 1996, which is almost 19 years ago now. I think I
uploaded my first site in January 1997. I had written it myself in html
but the first months it remained quite small, and also got changed
By 1998 it got considerably extended, and then I also uploaded my long
review - 2.5 MB, 65 files - of Leibniz's
"Nouveaux Essays", which I still think is very fine, but it took
until 2003 for the site to look - more or less - as it does presently:
With a blue graphical background, and written in Verdana.
Also between 2002 and
2009 the site got much extended by me, and by 2010 most items
that are still on it (presently over 500 MB) were in place.
Initially and until
the summer of 2009, the site was maintained by a telephone- modem, that
was both quite slow (maximally 28 Kb per second, usually less) and
quite expensive, for I had to pay each and every telephone tick.
So in fact I surfed
little (which anyway was quite slow, and not fit for videos), and
mostly just uploaded to my site and checked for mail.
Also, by the end of
August of 2004 I decided that the e-mails I was sending regularly to my
brother about Holland (he doesn't live in Holland since the 1980ies)
could as well be made into a kind of log on my site, and that
is how Nedernieuws got started in
2004, briefly after I had gotten a
This was all in
Dutch, and was limited to news about Holland. By the end of 2005 I had
decided I wanted to write about more than just Holland, and changed
Nedernieuws to Nederlog, which I
recast as being about news, ideas,
comments and remarks of any kind that interested me, including
about M.E. that I had half of my life in 2006, and thus Nederlog
remained, in Dutch also, until the beginnining of 2010.
In the end of 2009 I
was informed that something had been discovered about M.E.: It was -
supposedly - caused by XMRV, which is a substance that had been found
in the blood of patients with M.E. by dr. Judy Mikovits in a highly
significant proportion, as was claimed in an article that was
considered good enough to be printed in Science.
I thought the news
quite interesting, although as a philosopher of science I knew that one
could not (yet) say this caused M.E. without further
further research, and I also was interested enough to become a member
of Phoenix Rising, which was (and is) an English site for people with
This also caused me
to change the language of Nederlog to English, which anyway is
the language for the greater part of the rest of my site, and also to
write mostly about ME (as I tend to write M.E.) and sometimes also
Then again, I left Phoenix Rising in May of 2010 and was removed from
another site for patients with ME in July, in the end - I think, but am
fairly certain of this - simply because I was too intelligent. (I am
fairly certain of this because precisely the same happened to
several other intelligent persons, who I also hardly knew: I merely
witnessed their harassment.)
I should say that I
didn't mind much, for I had learned one thing on Phoenix Rising: The
ordinary patient can't write, and doesn't think too well - which is no
shame at all (they are all ill, have cognitive problems, and few have a
university education), but which gets pretty upsetting when
bands of such persons join together to blame the few who can
write and argue - for being abled to write and argue better than they
(which did happen, and not to me, but which caused me
to give up the patients, who indeed also have on average some 50
IQ-points less than I have, which does make a difference, for
Also, by October 8, 2011 - after Science
had announced problems with Mikovits and others' published article, and
more - I had decided I didn't believe in XMRV anymore, which turned out
to be the correct decision in the following months, and from
then on I wrote a whole lot less about ME and hardly anything about
XMRV. (XMRV was mere contamination, it seems, and ME is still mostly a
though any good medical doctor knows it is a real disease,
presently without a good explanation).
Third, the crisis
In the summer of 2008
the American banks nearly collapsed and were - except for Lehmann
Brothers - saved by gigantic amounts of tax money. It
was nearly immediately obvious to me that this was a huge
crisis, and I started a crisis series on September 1, 2008, in Dutch, because
until 2010 I wrote Nederlog in Dutch. (Incidentally, according to the
Dutch government nothing was the matter in the beginning of
September, and indeed until well into October.)
I continued with the
crisis logs, mixed with various other matters, including much about
ME+me in 2010 and 2011, and wrote from 2008 till June 9 2013 189
crisis logs altogether, of which the first 81 are in Dutch and - from
2010 onwards - the rest is in English.
Then on June 10, 2013 I learned two things:
There was a man called Edward Snowden, who had risked very much
it known that - especially - the American NSA and the British GCHQ were
collecting absolutely everything - mails, sites, telephone
conversations - of absolutely everyone on the pretext
(I think, in fact since 2005) that
would help against terrorism".