4. Nieuwe Noorse studie naar de pathologische mechanismen bij ME (2017)
This is a link to a Norwegian video on Norwegian TV with Dutch
subtitles. As it happens, I speak Norwegian and I speak Dutch. If you
don't, I am sorry, but it is here because I am Dutch and this is a decent program.
5. Scientist Ron Davis Tells How We Are "Fast-Tracking" ME/CFS Research
This is a link to a quite good video interview with the professor of biochemistry and genetics at Stanford University Ron Davis
(<-Wikipedia). He is one of the greatest living biochemists. And he
has put together a very fine team of biochemists, medical doctors and
engineers to study ME/CFS, that now also includes James Watson (<-Wikipedia), who is one of the discoverers of DNA.
Ron Davis also said that
Watson asked him two questions. The first was: "How much research money
is there now available?" Davis' answer: "Hm.. at most 5 million
dollars". The second was: "How many people have this disease?" Davis
answered: "Somewhere around 2 to 3 million people in the USA."
And James Watson said "OK, I help". Davis added: "Because he saw it is
a tremendously underfunded disease."
Davis also said
"It is a
horrible disease. It is one of the most horrible diseases I've ever
And he explained they are trying to do "everything on the fast
track" and he added "What we don't want to do is using ordinary
methods, which are extremely slow."
He also explained that the
ordinary methods will take at least 1 to 1 1/2 years to get any money,
and said "That's way too slow." He is trying to do everything as
as he can, as cheaply as is possible, and to publish everything as open science.
I say! Well... I have been ill for over 38 years now, and I can assure Ron Davis that
my ex and I have been saying these things to tens of Dutch medical
doctors since 1979 (I did say it was the energy metabolism that didn't properly
work since 1979; I did
even propound my own biochemical theory in 1987, before learning
I have ME/CFS; I did say I lacked energy and could distinguish this
from "fatigue"; I did complain about lactate as if I had been running
for 10 or 20 km, and that continuously, for many years; and I was always
honest and always fair and always rational, but alas:
Most of the
medics said we were psychosomatizers (not: all, for some said "I
don't know", which I never had any problem with, at least not until
learning after 2010 that the disease had been very well described by
doctor Ramsay in 1965, with these "medical specialists" ought to have
found), and they washed their hands of us, but did demand payment (for we were
not properly insured as students).
So... this does change my life and my outlook considerably,
and I will write more about ME/CFS and less about politics, simply
because I have little energy and am always in some pain, and never got
any money for my sites.
I do want money from the City of Amsterdam or the City University of Amsterdam, because I do
- still, and since 1980 - want to leave the Netherlands, but
I cannot do this with a sub-minimal pension and a partially intentionally utterly destroyed
health. (For I was forced to sleep much less
than I needed in two periods that together amounted to 7 years, and
both periods made me much worse, and the last for over twenty years.)
But more about this later (and I excised quite a bit today: I am being a bit diplomatic today).
C. About the crisis
Finally... the crisis. This is the 1499th crisis file, but in fact there are 10 more (see here : Nr 226), so actually I wrote more than 1500 files just about the crisis, in which I reviewed at least 6000 articles by others.
Today you just get the selections, without
any comments. Again, I do not yet know how I will continue the crisis
series. I suppose I will (I strongly dislike neofascism, for one thing, and that
seems to be the USA's current direction), but I do not yet know how.
It may be that I just continue, for I
guess for the time being the City and the City University of Amsterdam
will once again act as if I do not exist, as they have been doing since
1988, after illegally housing murderous soft drugs dealers in the house
where I lived, and after denying me the legal right to take my M.A. in
but then I will also assure them that if I am "a fascist" and a
"terrorist" (as tens of philosophy students screamed in 1988, after a
speech of mine, and since 1977), and since I have also learned that
- "Everybody knows that
truth does not exist"
in Holland (which was true in the UvA from 1977
till 1995 at least), I feel quite allowed to do just the same to them - which I
never did so far, either, although indeed I do know of quite a few
Dutch "social democrats" who seem to be just that ("fascistic terrorists", which I have been called by mostly "communist" students between 1977 and 1989).
Then again, I also know I am poor and I am
ill and I did not meet anyone of whom I honestly could say "He/she works in
the University of Amsterdam and is evidently more intelligent than I am". (They do exist, but not in the small provincial University of Amsterdam, for there the tenth to hundredth-raters in "science", of whom Diederik Stapel is a very fine (and - I am sorry - quite typical) example, do rule, simply because most are not clever enough to work in Cambridge, Oxford, Stanford or Harvard.
I am very sorry, but that is a fact, although I
grant that I have not met most professors and lecturers, and there are
some who know a lot more about mathematics, physic, languages,
chemistry and medicine than I do.
But I certainly would have been a goodteacher
in philosophy or even in psychology (even while ill: I am a very
good talker and a very good explainer, and I know a great lot).
I just wasn't allowed to,
for I disagreed with the functional communists who were professors and
lecturers at the time I studied, and I don't mean they were communists:
I say they simply agreed with whatever policy the University followed,
for their money and their status, and because everyone I know of who worked there
did not have the character to really protest against anything as soon as they risked a tiny little bit.
My grandfather, my father and my mother were definitely not such cowards, and I suppose I am not either.
Here are today's crisis links:
6. How to Run a Rogue Government Twitter Account With an
Anonymous Email Address and a Burner Phone
7. George Takei on 75th Anniv. of Internment of Japanese
Americans & Why Trump is "The Real Terrorist"
8. "For-Profit President": A Look at How Trump Is Pushing
Wholesale Corporate Takeover of the Gov't
9. Beware of the World Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Are
Making, The Observer Warns
10. The Lies Donald Trump Told in His First Month As President
11. A Professor's Lesson: 'American Democracy Is Now
Confronting an Abyss'
12. Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as
Half the World's Population
will be more tomorrow, while the notes that follow are from yesterday,
but I kept them here because they happen to be quite appropriate, and meanwhile I do have
 I really am very private. I was not so originally, but I live in a country - Holland - where millions enthusiastically agree that "Johan Cruyff was a great genius" and several other sporters also are "geniuses", while the same people deny there is any
relevant difference whatsoever between themselves and really
intelligent intellectuals, of which I am one, for the most part because
I was born that way, and also worked very hard to know as much as I
could about real science.
Then also, I was very many time called "a fascist", "a dirty fascist", and "something like a fascist" (in 1989, for the last time indeed) by very many students, who probably all were members of the ASVA and members of the Dutch Communist Party (until 1984, or thereabouts: after that they became postmodernists), not because they were real leftists like my parents ,
but because fate had (1) landed them in a university that had been
handed over to the students in 1971, and (2) where - in Amsterdam at
least - most students who did lead in politics (which was very
rampant, between 1977 and 1995) were members of the Communist Party
(especially but not only students of philosophy), who (3) politicized the university as much as they could, which was a whole lot, because the students had the absolute power in the university.
I was against all of this: I wanted real science. But I could not
get that in the University of Amsterdam, except by - precisely - two
professors, one English, who was removed from the University three
years after I was removed, I think again because he was no Marxist,
although he was a very well-known and quite good philosopher of
science, who indeed also helped me considerably; and by a Dutchman, who was very smart and very careful, but
who was hunted away in 2005, with his whole family, and lives and
teaches since then in the USA, and to whom I owe a whole lot.
Otherwise, no one I saw (and did
examinations for) was a real scientist, indeed not because they were
Marxists or even quasi-"Marxists" like many students, but because they
simply were not very good, nor very courageous, and were quite proud of the
great amounts money and the great status they had, as professors or
lecturers, for very little real work as well, and so they were quite willing to trade away most things, including real science and real ethics, as long as they remained professors and lecturers.
My parents taught me quite differently:
 It so happens that I am very proud of my parents, and indeed do not and never did mind that they were - intelligent and honest - Marxists/communists.
I also inisist that they were quite mistaken, but I know they were very
honest, suffered a very great amount in WW II, and were in no position
to study, as I was, simply because they both had to start working aged
15. (Besides, it simply is a fact that the vast majority of mankind is mistaken about both politics and religion. Anybody who is at all capable of thinking must see that, whatever his or her personal beliefs and values, indeed.)
And my father did have "post-traumatic stress disorder" (see George Carlin!), which I believe he managed quite well (and certainly a lot
better than some others I have known), which is one reason why I never
told my parents about being called "a fascist" and "a terrorist" by the
20-year old quasi-communists from the mostly communist
student-party the ASVA, which shared the absolute power over the
University of Amsterdam (UvA) between 1971 and 1995.
For - completely unique in the world - the UvA was ruled from 1972 till 1995 by a "parliament" both on university-level and faculty-level, that was elected every
year by "1 man = 1 vote" (professors, lecturers, students, secretaries
and toilet-cleaners: all had 1 vote) because the university was given
"to the students" in 1971 (after an occupation of the main building of
the university in 1969, which came again a year after the student revolution in France (<-Wikipedia(, which almost succeeded).
This enormously politicized all the "education" provided by the UvA these years. And no: Virtually all professors (though not all) kept silent:
They earned too much to speak out (and most also lacked the courage,
the morals and the principles to protest, while being very well cared
 My parents were real leftists and Marxists. I am a real leftist and not a Marxist (since 1970). Nearly all students I met in the UvA pretended to be "leftists" or "Marxists", and many - especially in the faculty of philosophy, where I studied - were members of the Dutch Communist Party - but this was disclosed that only in 1991, after
the collapse of the Soviet Union (for these Stalinists were o
so very honest, o so very noble, and o so very courageous, all according to themselves).
They were "leftists" because very few knew much about politics (most had read the Communist Manifesto, I guess, but little else by Marx) and their "leftism" consisted mostly of (1) political correctness: They very much insisted on discriminating everyone who did not talk in the words they considered correct (and again see George Carlin!), (2) identity-politics: They much disagreed with considering people as individuals, and judged everyone according to the groups they were (or were claimed to be) a member of, and (3) - after 1983 - they very much insisted on postmodernism and the - utterly false - thesis that "everyone knows that truth does not exist".
In my eyes all three points are totalitarian and rightist, but it is true that much of the "left" in Holland still insists on political correctness and identity-politics (in 2017!), while most also do not really believe in truth, though postmodernism was criticized too much to be waved like a banner nowadays.
O, a last remark about my communist father: He was knighted in 1980, three months before he died, because of his designing and mostly also making the National Exhibition On World War II, Resistance And Concentration Camps.
I believe he was the only communist who was knighted - Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau - before 1991, when the Dutch Communist Party ceased to be, because I do not know of any other communist who was knighted in or before 1980. (A very few did get medals for courage before 1980 - quite justifiedly so, also - but no knighthoods that I know of.)
(Since there were many brave communists in the Dutch resistance in WW II who all were not knighted because
they were communists - "traitors", as many Dutch said - I think this
might have been a mistake by the queen, who had met my father at least
twice, but only in the context of the National Exhibition).
 I have ME/CFS since January 1, 1979, and my ex since January 10, 1979, which started in our cases as Epstein-Barr "that never went away", now for the thirty-eight (38th) year.
For those who are interested, very recently - and at looooooong last, for all medical research into ME/CFS has been systematically opposed by psychiatrists since 1980 - there have been around five medical and biochemical studies about ME/CFS that found many differences between people with ME/CFS and healthy persons, and that also, again at looooong last, provide at least the beginning of a genuine medical and biochemical understanding of my disease.
In case you are interested, here are two easily understood brief articles in the New Scientist: (1) Metabolic switch may bring on chronic fatigue syndrome and (2) Antibody wipeout found to relieve chronic fatigue syndrome.
As to my income: I never worked
full days (except for 1 year while I was 17, and then I earned less
than the minimal income because I wasn't 21) until I was 24 (because I
preferred to study: I made enough to live, but actually less
than the dole); from 25 till 27 I did not earn anything (but lived in
Norway and helped my ex who was a journalist); from 1977 till 1984 I
got a study-loan which again was less than the dole; from 1984 till 2015 I got dole, which was considerably less than the minimum income even the most stupid and uneducated get in Holland; and from 2015 till now I have a minimal pension of some 80 euroos a month less than the minimal pension "because you lived nearly three years in Norway".
Therefore all in all I got less money in the last 51+ years than any other Dutchman (I suppose, but this is a very reasonable supposition).
 Which this year is 40 years ago - which were by far the most horrible years in my life (for until 1979 I did have ten quite good and quite happy and quite healthy if financially very
poor years, in which I also lived - successively - with four women, one
English, one American, one Norwegian and one Dutch, and in part in
England and in part in Norway).
My Dutch years were not only horrible because of ME/CFS but also because of extremely much discrimination, including being gassed (literally: I almost died) in 1988 by the illegal drugsdealers that the mayor of Amsterdam, Ed van Thijn, had given his "personal permission" to deal in illegal drugs (marijuana and hashish) from the bottom floor of the house where I lived) and being kept awake for four years
by incredible amounts of noise from these dealers and three cafés with
terraces open till 1 o'clock in the night on a distance of within 15 to
25 meters from the house where I lived.
This is all described - in detail - in excellent Dutch in ME in Amsterdam.
 For I am - like every non-American - totally surveyable in everything I write on my computer and everything I say on my telephone. For me that is the beginning of possibly centuries of neofascism, that is, if we are not all blown up by a nuclear war thanks to Donald Trump. (Yes, I am not optimistic - which assures that I might get some pleasant surprises. I am not,
because my father survived over 3 years and 9 months as a prisoner in
German concentration camps in WW II, and because my grandfather was
murdered in a German concentration camp, both for resisting the Nazis. Also, I got 5 - quite credible - murder threats by the drugsdealers between 1988 and 1991, but no one did anything about it, for the drugsdealers were protected by the mayor of Amsterdam.)