who can give up essential
liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety, deserve neither liberty
-- Benjamin Franklin
| "All governments lie and
say should be believed."
tends to corrupt, and
absolute power corrupts
absolutely. Great men
almost always bad men."
Prices of Weapons Manufacturers Soaring Since
2. How Western Militarists Are Playing Into
the Hands of ISIS
3. The Increasingly Horrible
Truths About the Brutal U.S. Hospital Bombings
4. Updated: Everything We
Know About the Paris Attacks
5. Study 329: Big Risk
This is a Nederlog
of Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
This is a crisis blog. There are 5 items with 5 dotted links: Item 1 is about Glenn Greenwald's response to the
events in Paris; item 2 is about the factual
cooperation between Isis and the Western military (who appear to be
nearly always falling for Isis' provocations); item 3
is about a long and thorough article about the attack on the MSF
hospital on Kunduz; item 4 is about the facts in
Paris: this seems a decent summary; and item 5 is
about a non-crisis item: An article by psychiatrist and professor David
Healy on the corruption
of much of medicine, which happened mostly by the - normally non-medical,
these days - heads of pharmaceutical corporations, who seem to care very
much more for profits (also if gotten by gross deceptions of
patients) than for patients' health.
1. Stock Prices of
Manufacturers Soaring Since Paris Attack
The first item today is by Glenn
Greenwald on The Intercept:
This starts as follows:
The Paris attacks took
place on Friday night. Since then, France’s president has vowed
“war” on ISIS and today significantly
escalated the country’s bombing campaign in Syria (France
has been bombing ISIS in Iraq since
last January, and began
bombing the group in Syria in September).
Already this morning,
as Aaron Cantú noticed, the stocks of the leading weapons
manufacturers — what is usually referred to as the “defense industry” —
I still think the French president is one of
the worst presidents France has ever had, and I think he is either
acting hysterically or as a clever manipulator for the few to mislead
the many, but then that is merely what I (and a few others)
think, who believe that Hollande does what Isis wanted him to do.
But for the majority it seems he is suddenly
"a hero". Ah well... (it will probably change again).
At this point in the article there are six
consecutive graphics, that all make the same point: The values of the
shares of the manufacturers of weapons - spefically: Raytheon, Northrop
Grumman, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Booz Allen Hamilton, and
Thales - went up by around 2.5% in the last few days, with the
following comment by Glenn Greenwald:
Note how immediate the
increases are: The markets could barely wait to start buying. The Dow
overall is up today only
.12 percent, making these leaps quite pronounced.
I think this is a rational reaction: "Look
at the money!"
Western Militarists Are Playing Into the Hands of ISIS
The second item today
is by Max Blumenthal on AlterNet:
This starts as follows:
extremists who killed over 125 Parisians on November 14 were heartless
murderers, but they were also political operators implementing a
carefully conceived strategy. A February 2015 article in Dabiq,
the official magazine of ISIS, offers a clear window into their agenda.
Published in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre,
the essay was titled, "The Extinction of the
Yes indeed, though I much
doubt the strategy is rational or feasible. Here is the plan of Isis:
and Islamophobia in Western societies reaches sufficiently unbearable
levels, the author wrote, “The Muslims in the West will quickly find
themselves between one of two choices, they either apostatize and adopt
the kufri [infidel] religion propagated by Bush, Obama, Blair, Cameron,
Sarkozy, and Hollande in the name of Islam so as to live amongst the
kuffar [infidels] without hardship, or they perform hijrah [emigrate]
to the Islamic State and thereby escape persecution from the crusader
governments and citizens.”
The reason I can't take
this seriously is that it is strongly prejudiced: As
if most Muslims
who live in the West must choose between Bush and Obama (etc.) or
emigrate to the Islamic State. Of course, the vast majority
will do neither.
Then again, it seems Francois Hollande does respond as Isis
The reactions to
the Paris attacks by influential political actors across the West
suggest that ISIS may have gotten exactly the result it wants. Vowing a
“pitiless war,” French President Francois Hollande ordered a series of
airstrikes around the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa. To convince
himself that another bombing run over the smoldering ruins of Syria
would do anything to improve France’s security, Hollande clearly
ignored the final words of one of the gunmen who massacred theatergoers
in Paris: “Hollande should not have intervened in Syria!”
Actually, I think it is
quite likely Hollande did not ignore these final words, but rather
explained them as supporting his decision.
There is also this in the article:
dollars have been spent and hundreds of thousands of lives lost in the
global war on terror. At every step of the way, Western governments
played directly into the hands of Islamic extremists, falling for their
ploys and fueling their ambitions.
Perhaps. It seems also
entirely possible to me that at least some of the Islamic extremists
are in fact manipulated by Western secret services. I don't know, but I
do know that there are no nearly 15 years of
Terrorism", in which the terrorists made around 3000 to 4000 Western
Here is Goering again:
Horrible Truths About the
Brutal U.S. Hospital Bombings
The third item today
is by Laura Gottesdiener on Alternet (and originally on TomDispatch):
This is from near the
After all, what do
I know? I wasn’t there when the American gunship began firing on that
hospital Doctors Without Borders ran in Kunduz, and I didn’t get there
afterwards either. Nor was I in Yemen’s Saada province a few
weeks later when a Doctors Without Borders health clinic was bombed.
This is part of a much
longer story, that I liked, but leave to your interests. But here is my
answer to the last question: Because most "frontpages" are now
a few very rich men who don't want that kind of news.
If you live here and don’t
listen to Democracy Now!, odds are you didn’t even know that
second strike happened. How is it possible, I think to myself, that
bombing medical facilities isn’t front-page news?
You - still - can get parts of the real news, but to do so you have
to look outside the mainstream media. And most people don't - they lack
the time or the intelligence or the taste.
Here is a summary:
In all, 30 people died:
13 staff members, 10 patients, and seven bodies so badly burned that,
more than a month later, the remains have not yet been identified.
The hospital closed that
same day. About two weeks later, a U.S. tank rammed into the shell of
the charred building, possibly destroying evidence of what that AC-130
had done. All told, MSF General Director Christopher Stokes concluded:
“The view from inside the hospital is that this attack was conducted
with a purpose to kill and destroy. But we don’t know why.”
Stokes is clearly right (as you will see if you read all of the
article). Here is one reason why this may have happened:
The American military
decided MSF is impartial, and it only wants the victims of its wars to
be treated by medical staff that embraces the American military ends.
That seems the most
likely hypothesis to account for what did happen. I agree I have no
direct evidence other than what is listed in the article.
4. Updated: Everything We Know About the
The fourth item today
is by Max J. Rosenthal on Mother Jones:
This starts as follows:
I copy it because it
seems correct. And this is the top of a much larger file of "Updates",
starting at 11/13/15, 6:36 pm.
authorities mount 160 raids.
- French fighters
planes bomb ISIS stronghold in Syria.
- A manhunt is
underway for a possible eighth attacker who may have escaped.
- ISIS claims
responsibility for the attacks in Paris.
- At least 129
people have been killed and 352 injured.
- Seven attackers
have been killed, six of them in suicide bombings and one in a police
- Many of the
deaths were at the Bataclan concert hall, which police stormed after
terrorists took scores of hostages at a concert by California band
Eagles of Death Metal.
- Attacks hit at
least seven sites, including multiple shootings and bombings.
- French President
François Hollande mobilized military and shut down borders. The country
has declared a state of emergency.
5. Study 329: Big Risk
last item today is
Healy (<-Wikipedia) on his site:
This starts as follows,
and is here because I am ill since 37 years, and there have been quite
a few changes in medicine over the last 35 years, all of which lessened
the medical services I and others get, while vastly increasing
Also, I should start with explaining that in medical and psychiatric
circles "Study 329" is a well-known case example of the very
things that go wrong in modern medicine, it seems mostly intentionally,
simply because these measures much increased the welfare of the
pharmaceutical companies and
medical doctors who work for them:
Study 329 seems to fit the classic picture. It has Big
Pharma ghostwriting articles, hiding data, corrupting the scientific
process and leaving a trail of death, disability and grieving relatives
in its wake.
Pharma began in the middle years of the nineteenth
century when advances in the chemical and biological sciences
underpinned the development of analgesics and antipyretics and later
antibiotics. Within medicine, these were the first drugs that reliably
worked. Within business, they led to developments in patenting and
trade-marking, big profits and the emergence of an industrial-
The Second World War put a premium on pharmaceuticals.
The development of Atabrine for malaria and Penicillin for everything
else helped win the War – a lesson not lost on Governments. Pharma had
become a strategic industry.
Healy is a practising psychiatrist and
a professor of psychiatry in Wales. If you want to know - a whole lot -
more about Study 329, the best reference is to many files written by an
American psychiatrists, 1 boring
old man. (These are two of the few psychiatrists I still mostly
There is this on the ever growing influence and power of non-medical
men at the top of medical companies (for these have a much better eye
for profits, it seems):
In the late 1960s
and early 1970s, Little Pharma called in management consultants in a
bid to keep the goose laying the golden eggs. These outfits advocated
outsourcing clinical trials to Clinical Research Organizations (CROs)
and medical writing to Ghost Writing Agencies. They also advocated
having businessmen and marketers as CEOs of the company rather than
chemists or scientists or medics. They insisted on five year
development plans that put a premium on the selling and reselling of
popular diseases where even less effective products could be made into
blockbusters rather than developing medicines for conditions that had
no treatments. If the company was in the business of making profits,
this switch in focus was a no brainer.
This advice created the
very model of a modern major pharmaceutical – out of which came Big
Pharma and Study 329.
Here is the difference this
made to patients (apart from getting medicines and treatments one did
not ask for and cannot see the reasons for):
Unlike any time in medicine hitherto, when you
go to a doctor today you will have to take your place in a queue of
people, many of whom have been summoned to a consultation by a clinic
screening for a wide range of things none of which bother the people
who have been summoned. They will come to the clinic unaware of any
problem but will leave with diagnoses and on medication. The doctors
call them in not out of concern for them but because the doctors have
targets to meet in order to get reimbursed – targets set by Big Risk.
I simply refuse to do any of this, not only because I think this is an
utterly useless way of making money, but also because I have been
systematically discriminated for 37 years (by doctors who assured me I
couldn't have M.E. for there are no unexplained diseases:
whoever thinks so is - the vast majority of psychiatrists say  - not
When you do get in to see the doctor, you’ll
find someone who adheres to Guidelines. She will do so in good faith,
figuring this the way to bring the best evidence to bear on your case.
She will not recognize she is being guided to see problems in certain
ways and to deliver on patent treatments.
indeed. And she also had half of the education (at best)
of my age (65) got, 35 and more years ago.
case you are not worried (and I grant few who are not ill for
quite a while are worried) there is this:
In all of medicine, one of the greatest sources
of morbidity and mortality – perhaps the greatest – now stems from the
treatments patients have been put on, the multiplication of hazards by
polypharmacy and the denial of the possibility of risks by corporations
whose own health depends on the continuing consumption of the greatest
possible number of medications by the greatest possible number of
patients from the earliest possible age.
I refuse to do so, and since I am a psychologist I probably can persist
in that, but otherwise medics and medical firms meanwhile would have
gotten several thousands of dollars (by means of my legally binding
"medical insurance", that costs more than 6 times as much as my
non-legally binding much better health insurance did till ca.
things they "wanted" to do "for me" as part of some general
"medical" program for thousands, on the basis of compaints I
don't have, for therapies and medicines I don't believe in,
simply because they are clearly designed to help the medics
more money, and the medical firms get more profits.
me that is deeply immoral and unethical.
 The "health-insurance" that is now
legally binding all Dutchmen (they have to have it, and have
to pay it,
regardless) is over 6 times as expensive as was the health
insurance I had until I was 52, and is far less
good: Even the sleeping pills I do need I have to pay myself
(at extortionate prices).
The only reason I have to pay 6 1/2 times as much as I did
before is to make the pharmaceutical and risk organizations that
provide these "health-insurances" a lot richer, and also to
keep the medical doctors in
highest income bracket.
 They really say so, in droves also.
Why? Because everyone with unexplained diseases thus becomes their
patients, to be treated with anti-depressives, Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy and Gymnastics Presented As Therapy.