in all the world is more dangerous, than sincere ignorance and
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
from May 12, 2019
B. It is M.E.-Day Today (May 12)
This is a
Nederlog of Sunday,
I bought a computer on May 9 with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS MATE and am for the
coming months (at least) "between two computers". I shall
continue - for the time being - to write and upload my files from
LTS (that is: from the old computer, that I bought in 2012)
that is easier right now and the old computer still works (and may
continue to work for another two years, although I do not know that).
Also, and in any case, I decided to write less on the crisis (I did review over 10,000 files since 2012),
in part because it makes no difference and in part because I am 69.
But I'll continue Nederlog. At present this is in a midway position
between the old style (five reviews each day) and some new style, that
I do not know yet, and that for the time being I fix on three reviews
each day (but that may change).
This is a crisis
log but it is a bit different from how it was until 2013:
I have been
writing about the crisis since September
1, 2008 (in Dutch, but
since 2010 in English) and about
the enormous dangers of
surveillance (by secret services and
by many rich commercial entities) since June 10, 2013, and I will
continue with it.
moment and since more than three years
problems with the company that is
supposed to take care that my site is visible 
and with my health, but I am still writing a Nederlog every day and
I shall continue.
2. Crisis Files
A. Selections from May 12, 2019:
The indented text
link is quoted from the
link that starts the item. Unindented text is by me:
1. The Constitution Desperately Needs a
B. It is M.E.-Day Today (May 12)
2. Netizens of the World, Unite!
3. Landmark Verdict as UK Jury Acquits Extinction
b. On M.E. and M.E.-Day
Constitution Desperately Needs a New Amendment
This article is by
Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan on Truthdig. It starts as follows:
“We hold these truths to
self-evident, that all men are created equal,” the Founding Fathers
stated in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Of course, they
didn’t really mean “all men,” excluding slaves and indigenous Native
Americans. And they certainly didn’t include women. The U.S.
Constitution that followed a dozen years later maintained the
inequality. Over the intervening 240 years, this governing document,
the oldest written constitution in the world still in use, has been
amended many times — but never to extend the guarantee of equality to
women. The Equal Rights Amendment, or ERA, first introduced in 1923,
seeks to correct that, and may now, nearly a century later, be close to
passage. As with all significant progressive advances achieved over the
history of this country, grassroots organizing has brought the ERA this
far. Whether it gets passed and included as the 28th Amendment depends
on the strength of the intersectional movements demanding equality for
I say, for I did not
know most of the above. Then again, I am strongly for equal rights
all, including women, and indeed have always been, although
I do not
believe that "all men are
created equal", as the
Declaration of Independence has it, indeed also not if you take "men"
(as is historically correct) to cover women as well.
My reasons to reject
that "all men are created equal" are that I do not believe in
divine creation of men and women, whereas I do believe that as
of fact, all
men and women are different, in talents, in skin color, in
abilities, in length, in appearance etc.
And my reasons to be strongly
for equal rights (which indeed would probably
not be required
if indeed all men were equals in everything) is that rights are
not men (nor women) while being for unequal rights is
difficult to argue on a factual basis and has the strong probability of
making several different kinds of human beings, with different (if any)
rights, which strikes me as very unfair.
But as I said, I am
strongly in favor of equal
rights for all, including women. Here is some more:
“Why didn’t women achieve
constitutional equality in 1787 or 1982? Because the country wasn’t
ready?” actor Patricia Arquette asked last week at a congressional
House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the ERA. It was the first such
hearing in almost four decades. “Well, I hope you’re ready now! Because
women have been waiting 232 years for equality in this country, and it
has failed them. Legislators have blocked the passage of the Equal
Rights Amendment for decades. But we’re done waiting.”
I agree with this.
The Equal Rights Amendment
states: “Women shall have equal rights in the United States and every
place subject to its jurisdiction. Equality of rights under the law
shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on
account of sex.” This language was passed by Congress in 1972, then
sent to the states for ratification. Thirty states ratified quickly,
out of the 38 needed. Several more states joined in during the ’70s.
Nevada ratified the ERA in 2017, and Illinois did the same in 2018 —
bringing the total to 37 states.
If one more state
legislature votes to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and if Speier’s
resolution passes removing the old ratification deadline, the ERA will
become the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
I say, and I hope this will
happen. Here is the last bit of this article:
Kathleen Sullivan, former
of the Stanford University Law School, also spoke at the congressional
hearing. She said that the U.S. Constitution is “the only major written
constitution in the world that lacks a provision declaring that men and
women are equal.” She elaborated: “The French Constitution provides
that the law guarantees to the women in all spheres rights equal to
those of men. The German Constitution provides that men and women have
equal rights, and that nobody shall be prejudiced or favored because of
their sex. The Constitution of India provides that the state shall not
discriminate against any citizen on grounds of sex. And every written
constitution promulgated since World War II contains a sex equality
Quite so, and this is
of the World, Unite!
article is by Sam Pizzigati on Common Dreams and originally on
Inequality.org. It starts as follows:
Yes indeed - and that is
both one of the crazy mistakes on which the internet is based,
which indeed was not a mistake at all from the point of view of
those who created it, and especially not from the point of view
of Brzezinski, who argued the
internet would become what he wanted it to be already in the late
1960ies, and who got his way: The internet is the supreme tool
of spying on everything a person does,
wants, feels, thinks, and is.
Here is some more:
Well... I think that is very
unlikely to happen, for lots of reasons. (See item 1
for the problem that women still have in the USA simply to be declared
equal to men - which they still are not, legally speaking.)
This article ends as follows:
I think Lanier is right (as
quoted), but that is not an argument for sharing the wealth
be an argument for very much more - enforced - privacy). Anyway... I
think the internet is
the supreme tool of spying
a person does, wants, feels, thinks, and is and it will remain so until some major
revolution has taken place.
UK Jury Acquits Extinction Rebellion Co-Founder
This article is by Jessica
Corbett on Common Dreams.
I say, which I do because
I had not expected this, but I like the outcome. Here
is some more:
A jury in the United
Kingdom acquitted a pair of climate activists—including a co-founder of
the Extinction Rebellion movement—of vandalism charges Thursday after
they defended their acts of civil disobedience as a proportionate
response to the threats posed by the global climate crisis.
Jurors at Southwark Crown
Court in London unanimously cleared 25-year-old David Durant and
52-year-old Roger Hallam, the Extinction Rebellion co-founder, of all
charges that stemmed from their efforts as part of an ultimately
successful campaign to pressure King's College London to divest
millions of dollars from fossil fuels.
Yes, I agree with
the above. Here is the last bit that I quote from this article:
On Jan. 19, 2017, Hallam
wrote "divest from oil and gas" in water-soluble chalk-based
spray paint on the university's property. Hallam and Durant were
arrested days later, on February 1, for spray painting the
walls of the university's Great Hall.
"We are extremely grateful
to the jury for following common sense," Hallam said outside court
to The Guardian. "Ordinary people, unlike the judiciary,
are able to see the broader picture."
Durant called the charge of
criminal damage he faced "ridiculous," adding that "chalk on the wall
is obviously less important than the impending catastrophe for the
I like all of the above,
although I do not think that the last paragraph is very
but that is a personal aside based on 50+ years of
politics. This is a recommended article.
Tim Crosland, director of
climate campaign group Plan
B and a legal adviser to Extinction Rebellion, said
the jury's decision Thursday was "incredibly significant."
"This comes just after
we've had Extinction Rebellion in London, so members of the jury will
have been conscious of all of that," Crosland added. "It's a test of
public opinion and how a randomly selected sample of the population
have responded to this."
Since U.K. climate
Extinction Rebellion last year, the group has spread to dozens of
countries. Throughout April, they organized
marches, demonstrations, and peaceful civil disobedience to demand from
elected officials bolder policies to curb planet-warming emissions—and
garnered widespread support, particularly
among the British public.
Under pressure from the
wave of activism, the U.K. Parliament made history on May 1 by declaring
a climate and environment emergency, just days after similar moves by
governments. On Thursday, Ireland followed
b. On M.E. and
My ex and I got M.E. i.e. Myalgic
Encephalitis - that is also called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" but
that is a thoroughly sick psychiatric term - in January 1979,
which started for both of us as Epstein Barr,
which I got on January 1 and she got on January 10, 1979, which also
happened to be the first year of our university studies in psychology.
Since then we have been ill, which is now over 40 years. We did
not get any help for 40 years (except
families) and therefore spent 40 years with muscle aches and a great
lack of energy, and difficulties walking and standing for more than
half an hour.
This is certainly true for me, but I do not know whether it is - still
- true for my ex, for we separated, again moved by a total
of all help from any Dutch medics, any Dutch
bureaucrats and any Dutch politicians, in 1983/4. I saw my ex
for the last time in 1995, but then it was the same for her
(and for me) as it had been since 1979.
I have had the luck of finding one good G.P. - Helen van
Proosdij-Fertigova - who was my doctor from 1986 till 1999, when she
stopped working as a G.P. I very probably owe my life to her - but then
she was 1 of 3 doctors I have met who was rational and decent.
Since my ex and I saw 30 Dutch medical doctors this means that 27
(90%) were not rational or not decent, and usually both, for all
these 27 lied to us, namely that they "knew" that we were insane,
although they never said that, but instead used the - medical nonsense term
- "psychosomatic" as "explanation" for what ailed us.
This may have stopped now (but I don't know) for in March 2018
the news that from then on the status of M.E. according to the National (Dutch) Council of
Health (which is a major legal and medical institution in Holland),
my ex and I have (and I quote)
ME / CFS
[which] is a
serious chronic disease, [by] which the functioning and
quality of life of
people who suffer from
it are substantially limited.
been argueing the same for 39 years then to various medics, though
indeed not lately, because I have given up on Dutch medical doctors, after
nearly forty years of continued discrimination, bullshit and lies
from 90% of those medical doctors that I saw.
Them again, I learned in March of 2019 that the Dutch medics still
as a diagnosis for ME/CFS, which is another nonsense term even though
it is still widely used by medics, and which is in fact the slightly
less impolite form of "it is psychosomatic".
I grant that when somebody else (English) pointed this out the Dutch,
it now seems to have - finally - disappeared from how ME/CFS is
described by Dutch
medics - but then that is all "the progress" I saw in 40 years
few studies into real possible causes for M.E. (for "these are not
necessary" since almost every medic believed "it is psychosomatic", the
last 40 years).
Next, I should also say that although my ex and I have been ill since
the first year of our study as psychologists, we both made a very
M.A.-degree in psychology, although we rarely or never could
I personally happen to think that the main cause of
that fact is that both my ex and myself have IQs above 140, whereas the
average IQ of students in the "University" of Amsterdam was 115 in
1984, and is certainly less since then - but then I have also
learned that most with an IQ not higher than 115 (the vast
majority) think that
this is discrimination of them ("for all people are equals").
Finally, on M.E.-Day which is on May 12, which is today:
I have one file on M.E.-Day in Nederlog, which is recommended,
and which was on May 12, 2010.
This well worth reading for it quotes the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights (from 1948) and outlines which of the rights asserted
in that have been denied to my ex and myself since January
In fact, 2010 was the only year I had much to do with
patients-with-supposed-M.E. The reason was that in the end of 2009 a
study was published (that then took a lot of attention) that blamed
M.E. - empirically, also - on XMRV.
It doesn't matter here and now what XMRV is, but I initially believed
the study and decided to become a member of Phoenix Rising (that still
exists) to try to help further scientific studying of M.E.
Then again (1) I found very quickly that almost everybody who
was a member of it believed in equality of everyone, and in particular
that a psychologist like me was merely being arrogant, which
made me leave Phoenix Rising after 4 months, and (2) it was established
in 2011 that the paper that blamed M.E. on XMRV was either completely
mistaken or else a fraud.
Effectively, this was the end for me working with - supposed -
M.E.-patients, mostly because very few are really intelligent, very few
studied in a university, nearly all believed "everybody is equal", and
very few know much or anything from science.
That is the - very brief - history of M.E. for myself and my ex. I take
it we both still have it, which also is the reason for the present
article, but I do not think I will ever be cured from it, since
I am now 69, and have had M.E. since I was 28, and nearly all
reached me about M.E. in the last 40+ years was utter nonsense, from a
scientific and/or rational point of view.
end of 2015 that
xs4all.nl is systematically
ruining my site by NOT updating it within a few seconds,
as it did between 1996 and 2015, but by updating it between
two to seven days later, that is, if I am lucky.
claimed that my site was wrongly named in html: A lie.
They have claimed that my operating system was out of date: A lie.
just don't care for my site, my interests, my values or my
ideas. They have behaved now for 3 years
as if they are the
eagerly willing instruments of the US's secret services, which I
from now on suppose they are (for truth is dead in Holland).
two reasons I remain with xs4all is that my site has been
there since 1996, and I have no reasons whatsoever to suppose that any
other Dutch provider is any better (!!).