The Wikileaks site went a bit awry earlier today and then fell over completely (as of 20081119 20:31 GMT). There sure are a lot of people who want to know lives round the corner! ;-) It’s back up now (20081120 20:24)
Wikileaks never went down because of hit volume for the Baer Bank scandal , the reIevant docs of which I made available from this website when it was brought down by a US judge. In pure terms of deadly effect, the Baer one is much more insidious and much more dangerous. It’s ramifications I think, will still be happening long after Giffengate is closed.
In a Nicky Campbell interview on Radio Five this morning, Nick Griffin’s comment that the BNP aren’t bonehead knuckle-scraping neo-nazis and are actually hated by them for being too soft, is like saying one nail through your foot is better than two nails through your foot.
They both hurt just the same!
He also blamed his problems on the “liberal elite”, a phrase he used as an expletive with some venom. This means that being liberal (one who enjoys or promotes liberty) is a bad thing in the BNP book. Liberty is “the quality or state of being free”, a very old concept. So Griffen is wholly against Liberty, of that you can be sure. He & people like him prefer a life of non-freedom to one of liberty.
However, the very idea that he thinks our government is liberal shows how devilishly authoritarian he’d like our country to be. IMHO, these are already very dangerous, divisive, authoritarian times we live in. The UK’s draconian curtailment of personal freedom under the auspices of anti-terror and the continuing plans for ID Cards have seen to that.
To emphasise this point, this is what I said some months ago here:
If someone can get someone else locked away on their say-so for an increasingly indeterminate period, we have a police state.
If that person is a policeman, we have a police state.
If it’s against the law to tell anyone that someone has been locked up under these laws, we have a police state.
If the police pick and choose which laws to enforce, we have a police state.
That’s what it’s like now. The powers aren’t used much – but how would we know. If you hadn’t seen your friend for a year and no-one knew where he was, then who could you ask?
It’s unfortunate that the data release has increased the chances of identity theft for those people on the list. It’s a modern phenomenon that governments and organisations of all shades seem to do with reckless abandon. Everyone deserves peace and freedom, something that Giffen et al are obviously at pains to stifle. – It’s not for nothing that the French motto is Liberté, égalité, fraternité – it’s also not for nothing that they chopped the heads of everyone who was against that ideal! It’s unfortunate for those people on the list that the Buddhist law of cause and effect will be played out also.
But the argument that everyone is entitled to privacy with regard to their political affiliations wears a bit thin when one considers the fact that this reason was used when Lord Ecclestone of the Grand Pricks gave shed loads of hidden money to Labour and then fag advertising mysteriously continued for years incongruously slapped on the side of racing cars.
This single event wiped all the gloss from the astonishing 1997 Labour win.
(Since then, of course, Ecclestone has pulled and pushed to get all GP racing pulled from Britain….people actually begging him to keep Brand’s Hatch, Donnington, Silverstone…But that’s for another day)
So freedom, liberty, money, corruption, power. They’re all connected and keep going round and round as one tries to curtail the other.
My thoughts on anonymous dealings of a scurrilous nature are well versed on this website. I’ve nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of – so why should anyone else be ashamed, except if they know their ideas are unlawful in either the actual or moral sense? Me? I used to be in the Labour Party. Why not now? See here: goodbye-labour-party
I’ve nabbed the content of this from Ted Penfold. My wife, has told me that she heard this lecture of Dick’s and found it and him some of the most inspiring things in her life. I came across this wonderful piece by chance, looking for some background information on Nikko, the second guy after (Nichiren) in our prayers, and repeat it here so that more people might be similarly inspired.
I’ve corrected some spellings from the original transcript here which I assume were due to OCR transcription errors, mainly. I’ve also added a few links, where appropriate, to external sources (SP)
n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings. The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)
LECTURE ON THE TWENTY-SIX ADMONITIONS OF NIKKO SHONINby the late SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton
The following lecture by SGI UK General Director, Richard Causton, based on various lectures given by him around the U.K. and overseas during late 1992 and 1993, was inspired by SGI President Ikeda’s guidance on this subject on 24th October 1992. This lecture first appeared as a series of articles in SGI-UK’s monthly magazine, the U.K. Express. (now called Art of Living – SP)
So when this naff law is passed we will then be living in a country:
where you can be locked up for 42 days without a defence
– then be prosecuted without seeing your accusers or cross-examining them and calling them a bunch of liars, if appropriate.
where full details of your trial may never be published if it’s “against the public interest”.
where you can be locked up for life on the strength of the above (fortunately, (but for how long?), not executed).
Remember, this can happen to anyone. The catalogue of British miscarriages of justice must weigh a ton now.
So How is This Related to WW2?
There’s always been a “black” culture and cultural identity. So what? There’s been a Geordie, Welsh and Scots one as well. It’s the way it is and the way that people identify themselves to their peers. We all exist and live within the law of the land though. It started just before Magna Carta. But if law breaks down or is invalid, like in wartime, people group together for the common good and accept that some will die.
1980 to 2000: Development of black “gansta-rappa” culture. Gold, guns, big cars and big arses admired. People get shot, mostly black. People with big stuff and attitude are brave (not)
2004: Iain Davis sentenced to life imprisonment. Apparently he bravely (not) asked for a gun, which was passed to him, and then shot a man through the neck. The bullet passed through and killed someone else as well.
2005: Martin Harvey not guilty of being the other man. There were 40 people at this “party”, and I use the word very loosely.
2008, today: Iain Davis acquitted for possible re-trial. Police and Jack Straw etc say this is bad for justice. They say that anonymous evidence must be allowed (their emphasis).
My Take on all This
All 40 people at the party are guilty of denial and self-delusion. It’s ALL their faults that two men ended dead and it’s ALL their faults that one man has walked free. It’s my fault I’ve backed the Labour government this far, but it’s ALL their fault to hero worship guns and the power that follows. This reinforces and validates the power that thugs have within a community, and following the Buddhist law of cause and effect, they’ve made their causes and reap their effects.
It’s not good enough to say that you’ll only give evidence if you can remain anonymous. For the health and security of the whole 60 million people on this island, the lives of all 40 people at that party are nothing. By their silence and attitudes they have convicted themselves. Remember, we’ll all be dead one day anyway. How you live your life and what you do, govern your karma across all of time and space.
Look at it this way.
Suppose in 2002-2004 the 40 refused to testify.
The freedoms of our land would still be intact.
Iain Davis would have gone free, possibly to kill again, if he’s really a murderer, or not.
He may have killed some of them if they insist on going to the same environment as him, or other people, related or not.
If he killed again, eventually he would be caught in such an incriminating way that he’d be convicted properly and justice would be served. (Yes really. The murder solving rate is pretty good).
The end result would be that:
a few people would be dead
All 60 million UK people would be safe under the law
One less scum on the streets
Suppose in 2002-2004 they testified in person(yes, bravely. It does take courage)
The freedoms of our land would still be intact.
Iain Davis’s accomplices may have killed some or all of the witnesses
As each witness was killed, protection would be increased and the chances that the potential killers would be caught would be increased
Iain Davis and his accomplices would eventually be caught and convicted
The end result would be that
a few people would be dead
All 60 million UK people would be safe under the law
A few less scum on the streets
In both scenarios the result is the same! Sadly, some people would still die, probably, but not necessarily, different people.
Now, because of the ultimate cowardice of these 40 people who pretend so bravely to wrap themselves up in the machismo of black gangsta rappa street culture, the rest of us 60 million have to suffer:
the fact that a killer is still loose on the streets
the fact that gun possession and gun crime is now seen as part of everyday life
the extra deaths because many more people are now dead because of the attitudes to guns and drug-related crime
all our liberties are being whittled and chiselled away by a spineless government cowering under the right wing backlash from a greedy, corrupt and incompetent USA administration, whose country is the source of all this crap gun culture in our green and pleasant land anyway.
This is what I object to. Ultimately, for all of us, our freedom is the most important thing. Our lives, while being precious and individual, are only temporary. If black people en-masse decide a gun and drug culture is good, it’s still each individual’s choice whether to live and associate with the group. Eventually though, the group must live within the law of the land. If it doesn’t, then the backlash from the vast majority that set the law of the land will be swift and terrible, much like to the Krays and their kind. For a broader view, the history books show that the British people have violently turned on ethnic and social groups when they’ve had enough and the usual laws aren’t applied … jews, lombards, flemish, teddy boys
I don’t doubt for an instant that they would do the same in future and this is the prime reason to make sure that our laws are followed and not arbitrarily changed in some knee-jerk reaction. The consequences for all groups that set themselves apart could be dire if laws are ignored.
To say that I’m a fat old white bloke does not mean that I’m lacking in knowledge or experience of people and gangs like these. I just made my life choices at certain moments not to associate with them as it’s patently bad.
But doing and saying nothing also validates the actions of the bad guys. So part of my karmic retribution is to point this out. The rest will follow in due course.
You know the saying that two drunks walking towards each other down the street never bump into each other – only the lamp-post? Well it’s not true.
In this case, two idiots on the road bashed into each other. The trouble was that one was on his bike, the other in her car. They were both equally to blame and both suffered from a shocking lack of care and consideration for other people – not just on the road, but everywhere. It’s not just the car driver. The cyclist’s actions could have forced the car driver to swerve and crash into a group of children, say. That’s the lack of respect for other people.
Lets look at the mistakes that could easily be avoided:
was doing 45 mph in a 30mph zone
was doing this speed through traffic lights (Highway code says “proceed with caution“, even when you’ve got the right of way
was using her mobile phone
was texting on the mobile which is even more distracting than speaking
was cycling through a red light at a junction
Highway code says “Stop at the red light” – now we know why
Apparently, he wasn’t wearing a hat – neither do I, and for good reason – they’re dangerous on many counts, not least the false sense of security. Anyone who thinks that wearing a hat will stop the soft parts of your body or even your head getting mushed up when hit by at least a ton of metal travelling at 45 mph – is a nutter. Try hitting a piece of liver or a box of eggs with a meat tenderiser – that’s the effect!
It just looks like the Buddhist law of cause and effect in action I’m afraid. They both made bad causes and they’re both getting the bad effect. The bad effect is pure Darwinian natural selection in action.
He made a mental decision to do a physical action that was a mistake easily avoided and paid for it with his life and won’t breed – end of gene line;
She has been locked up at her most fertile age which will give her reduced chances of finding a mate and if she does breed, her offspring will be statistically less likely to survive. Also, she made the decisions to drive a red BMW, go fast and go blindly like a lemming. These traits will be passed on to her offspring.
Anyone who thinks that this sort of thing only applies to monkeys and fruit flies is also a nutter.