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Strangely post on November 11th, 2009
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See the names, see the names. People with no known grave, living their lives and dying for……what? To start another war! The Menin Gate – the Last Post is played every evening

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The Face of Evil

Bishop Richard Williamson says No Gas Cambers existed..

As time passes and memories of mass slaughter diminish, many people start to doubt that people could do such ghastly things to others.  They think, ‘can it really be true?  Surely not?’.  And so it is with the nutty Bishop.

Don’t let his bumbling aristocratic ramblings fool you though.  He believes in power and control.  Power over women, power over everyone.  His creed is to ensnare people in the mumbo-jumbo of everlasting life;  but only if you do as I say, pay me for saying it, and under the strict belief that it’s after you die that this ‘nirvana’ arrives.  In truth, he’s a relic from the old catholic church that burnt people at the stake under the merest hint of ‘evidence’ to maintain power, status and control over others.  He’s only lamenting his loss, that’s all, of all the credence he may once have had.

In the bishop’s ramblings above he claims to have ‘studied the evidence’ and come to the conclusion that 6m Jews didn’t get gassed and there were no gas chambers.

My Personal Statement

Eisenstadt Jewish Cemetery

This picture is of a Jewish cemetery in Eisenstadt this year, by me.  The last Jew buried there was in 1938.  After that time, all 466 Jews of this small town (modern pop. ~11,000) were marched off to their death.  The town is not much bigger now than it was in WW2 from my estimation of new builds.

View Eisenstadt Jewish Cemeteries in a larger map

Calculation Time: So if I say the wartime population of Eisenstadt was about the same, this is about 4.2% of the town were done in.  We know that in Germany, Austria, Poland, Holland, Hungary, Croatia and France etc that the Jews over the preceding centuries had tried to assimilate themselves so as not to ghetto-ise themselves and make bigger targets for hatred.  So if Eisenstadt is a typical town (it is!), and if at the time of the Nazi yoke  there were about 250 million people in Europe under their cudgel (there was!), this gives a total of about 10 million murdered.  This, as a ball-park figure, is close to the 6 million Jews and others usually claimed as being killed.

For me, the evidence of my own eyes tied to a bit of simple statistical work as used by polsters at election time is good enough for me.  I’m not going to quibble over the odd million in a war of absolute barbarity and ferocity that claimed the deaths of over 100 million.

The real truth is that there is ample documentary evidence in the invoices for the agents of death, visual artifacts of the said agents, and corroborating evidence from thousands of camp survivors who had the odious task of wheeling the bodies from the chambers and shoving them into crematoria or burial pits.  Read Eliahu Rosenberg’s words above and the scores of other testimony now being made available on YouTube etc.

Vasili BlokhinEliahu escaped and the shame is that when evidence from him and others reached the UK and USA, it was disbelieved as being too incredible.  Unfortunately,  about this period the Nazis had uncovered a mass execution site in Poland which was proved to be of Russian doing, the Katyn massacre.  ( This man, Vasili Blokhin, was personally responsible for shooting 6000 in 28 days ).  This fed their propaganda machine for a long time, re-enforcing the Allies’ doubts about the Nazi extermination camp stories.

Eisenhower at Ohrdruf Death CampPartly for this reason, (and to his credit), at Eisenhower’s insistent command, when the camps were over-run by the allies, they were filmed even though the perpetrators had tried to cover up their ghastly deeds.  Eisenhower said that they must be filmed (against some opposition it must be said) because no-one in the future will believe any of this actually happened.  He made sure that all soldiers wherever possible had to visit the camps ASAP and called in the press so that there were as many genuine witnesses to history as possible.   How prescient.  How prescient.  Similarly, the British got the local inhabitants of the town next to Bergen-Belsen to clean and feed the remaining survivors, remove and bury the rotting corpses and point out the perpetrators because they all knew what was going on.

Jasenovac Knife - Srbosjek - TheSerbCutter

Jasenovac Knife – Srbosjek – The Serb Cutter

Not all people were gassed, of course.  Examining various pieces from all of the above evidence shows that the early main method of mass extermination was gunshot or hanging and that the chambers were invented to speed up the process of killing and make it cheaper by saving on bullets.  One particularly brutal Croat used a knife like this one to kill 1360 in a day at Jasenovac.

The evil bishop, by his words, just adds fuel to the holocaust denial crowd who will use all methods of devious distraction argument to ‘disprove’ the documentary evidence.  Millions of Jewish, Gypsy, Romany, mentally infirm, physically deformed, spies, common Russian soldiers etc were killed by the Nazis in WW2.  Millions more were killed by the Russians and other East Europeans at the same time.

One set of killing is in no way better or worse, more or less justified, and none should be compared against the other.   They are all crimes against our fellow human beings.

This is the view of myself and the SGI, a lay organization of Buddhists using the teachings of the monk Nichiren to improve our own lives and everyone around us.  Sensei (Daisaku Ikeda) in his video today said to denounce evil, slander and untruths in all it’s forms.  I hope I’ve done so.

Updated on 4th April, 2012


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Encountering Hungarian and British Dharma

I’ve just been reading this fascinating book, Encountering the Dharma: Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakkai, and the Globalization of Buddhist Humanism
by a non-Buddhist, Richard Seager, who gives a really good, well-balanced investigation into Buddhism, the Soka Gakkai (SGI) and it’s meteoric rise in popularity under the inspirational personas of Makiguchi, Toda and Ikeda.
Well you’d expect it to be so as the author is a distinguished professor of religion.
Basically, he describes all of our quests for meaning during his own investigation into self and meaning following the death of his wife.

And now to the guts of it.

I’ve done the bulk of this reading on a few KLM flights to Austria and back. While in Austria, I hopped on a train to Hungary. Until this point my knowledge of Hungary was carped up with a vague unease of a police state, trains rattling across the night with spies and passport checks at every turn and labour camps for undesirables.
Not so.
What a jolly lot!  Don’t let the gloomy picture confuse you – the camera lies all the time and the cakes were delicious!

Hungarian Cake Shop in Spron

Hungarian Cake Shop in Sopron

In fact by the time I returned to snowed-up, icy England, I was full of the warmth of humanity, their helpfulness and willingness to share.

Volte Face!

Welcome to England.

Oh how the tables have turned, the twists and turns of circumstance and fate – or more likely the rampant paranoia that exists in the UK.

The UK is now like my previous vision of Hungary and the Iron Curtain. Now, I enter Britain, with my British passport, issued by British passport control (now an “agency”). It’s all so high-tech, it’s all so cute and efficient.

Is it fuck!

I’m now going to write to wacky backy jacky, asking her why anyone in the state needs to know what I’ve been doing in Europe. Because that’s what they asked me on my return, with my British passport as I entered Britain. Despite cross-border harmonisation and absolute, 100% signed-up freedom of movement, working and habitation since 1992, UK passport control wanted to know where and why I’d been – in EU Europe!

Funnily enough, no-one at Schipol, or Vienna or in Hungary asked that. When they saw my passport and that my astonishingly attractive visage matched that within the passport they let me through.

Not so in Britain. The fact that the passport that they issued isn’t good enough to let me in without asking for my previous life history beggars belief in a free state.

All the trans-national I.T. checks, up and down your journey – don’t count…

But there’s worse. Everyone with a UK passport check page 1. Inside the cover. There, plain as day, it says that THE QUEEN, her Brittannic Majesty, requests free passage on production of the passport to the holder…

without let or hindrance

– but we are let and we get hindered and treated as criminals for freely moving across borders that should have been accessible for 17 years now!

Eisenstadt Jewish Cemetery

Eisenstadt Jewish Cemetery

I’m not on about airplane bomb checks and the searches which are almost universally as smooth and as dignified as possible now. I’m on about entering my country of birth with a valid passport.

Will it get better with ID Cards? – will it fuck!

So, to repeat the words of Sir Ken Macdonald, former DPP;

“The tendency of the state to seek ever more powers of surveillance over its citizens may be driven by protective zeal. But the notion of total security is a paranoid fantasy which would destroy everything that makes living worthwhile. We must avoid surrendering our freedom as autonomous human beings to such an ugly future. We should make judgments that are compatible with our status as free people.”

And now to get back to little Eisenstadt in the Bergenland in Austria where I stayed. As a direct link to history, the above phrase is extremely pertinent.
Eisenstadt has two Jewish cemeteries, but no Jews.

Under the paranoid laws of 71 years ago, 466 civilians were carted off to the gas chambers. It’s their ancestors in the graves in Eisenstadt. They have no descendants.
Normal everyday people sent them on their way. I’ve met their descendants.

My point is that it’s the chip, chip, chipping away at common sense and sensibilities that’s the danger to us all.

  • I want to be able to enter my country with my passport produced by my government without further interrogation. They have no right to know anything about my travels in this or any other EU state. It’s absolutely none of their business.
  • I think people should read Seagar’s book and many others like it
  • I think people should visit Jewish cemeteries in ordinary Austrian towns – Eisenstadt isn’t special, that’s the horror
  • And I think people should closely question the things done by our government in our name. Our freedom is at stake.

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Foreign War Cemetaries in Britain? Not a Chance!

I’m absolutely certain that the “British Character” would be not so magnanimous if our country had been over-run and fought over by say…Iran fighting Iraq, for example.

What Do I mean?

Today on BBC News, there is a report about a previous British War “Campaign” (I hate that word): Iraq presents a lesson from history

It concerns a previous pull-out of British troops from Iraq, leaving their dead in cemeteries like this one in the photo.  It happened just after WW1.

AND THEN (like Waldo Jeffers), IT STRUCK ME!

What if the tables were turned?  Would a cemetery like this be allowed by the thuggish types in…Burnley, say if it was full of Iraqi soldiers?

I’m pretty certain, that if foreign wars had been fought in our land, all vestiges of the invader would have been removed.   There’s be none of this “noble warrior” rubbish harking to an Arthurian sunshine,  “let the dead rest in peace” crap.  The mawkish sentimental drivel surrounding the Flanders Fields’ events, “forever a part of England”, with neatly preened dead lying in serried rows and the sanctimonious pious speeches by leaders to our “Glorious” dead. ( Just yesterday 4 more died, and our leaders automatically piped up again with the drivel “Dulce et decorum est, pro patria mori).  Thousands of Iraqis wouldn’t be allowed to come here and pay homage to their dead.  You can bet on it.  There’d be none of that.

How so?   That’s what the British are like.

After all, there aren’t many memorials in full view to the thousands of dead Germans who crashed and died bombing Britain, are there?

And Britain’s had it’s wars and battles.   It’s covered in battlefields, many are in Northumberland where I’m from;  Heavenfield, Otterburn, Flodden, Hambleton Hill.  And others; Nevilles Cross, Towton, Bannockburn, Marston Moor, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Hastings, Pontefract, St Albans, Stamford Bridge…

Go to them.  Most don’t even have a marker.  Sometimes the dead were chucked in pits.  Sometimes they lay to rot for years.

This all means, that in contrast to the antipathy, fear, xenophobia and hatred that the British have towards foreigners, especially swarthy-skinned ones,

The Iraqis are a very nice, civilised and respectful people.

Much more so than the British!

Just look at how the British cemeteries are basically left alone in Iraq, despite all the torment inflicted on them by us over the years.

In comparison, in Britain,  they’ve even dug up dead bodies and then hung, drawn and quartered them!  Like Who?

Cromwell Outside ParliamentWell Oliver Cromwell for one…

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The 26 Admonitions explained by Richard Causton

Strangely post on September 13th, 2008
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Lotus Flower - photo by Strangely PerfectI’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)

Quick Links: Background Discussion Preface and Conclusion The 26 Admonitions Conclusions

n.b. Admonitions = Precepts = Warnings.  The three terms appear in different places, but essentially mean the same thing (SP)


LecturnThe 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)

Dick Causton’s and Nikko Shonin’s words follow…

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