Daily Archives: May 23, 2015

All Buddhists, Especially Those In Sri Lanka, Should Be Ashamed Of What Is Happening In Myanmar (Burma).

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
Θ Extremist Buddhist violence …                Θ Appeal to all Buddhists
Θ Curb Buddhist extremists …                    Θ Curbing the Extremists

∠∠ Buddhists can be funny.                ∠∠ Buddha’s descendants.
∠∠ Blaming earthquake on animal sacrifice.

++++ Check Category ‘Sri Lanka’ & ‘Buddhism’ for more posts >>>>


Click to access original from U.K. “SkyNews”.

Google ‘refugees’, ‘Myanmar’ or ‘Burmese’ for many, many other articles.

I have over the last year repeatedly spoken out against the misguided, extremely insecure extremist Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The extremist Buddhists in Burma, the inspiration for what is taking place in Sri Lanka, are even worse!

There is hardly any coverage of what is taking place in Myanmar (Burma) these days — with the extremist Buddhists, just like in Sri Lanka, trying to purge the minorities.

In the last 48 hours I have seen headlines talking about “SAVAGE Buddhists”! That a decade ago would have been an oxymoron.

Savage Buddhists?

How could that be. It is a religion of compassion. A religion of tolerance.

I am NOT a Buddhist. But I grew up in an extremely activist Buddhist household. My adopted father, to my shame, became an extremist Buddhist (albeit in his old age) — as are many of my cousins (though age alone cannot be used as an excuse by them).

Growing up Buddhist I thought that tolerance was a virtue. Despite ardency of the Buddhism in our household we had Christians in the family and our BEST friends were Christians and Muslims. This is why extreme Buddhism in Sri Lanka, to me, makes NO SENSE. My adopted father’s BEST FRIEND was Senator Abdul Aziz (who at the time was one of the richest men in Ceylon). Because of kidnapping fears (mainly from the Catholics) I was ONLY allowed to approach two cars, after school, at 1pm — IF my father couldn’t be there because he had been detained at work. One was Uncle Amarasinghe’s car (and he was somebody that my father had gone to school with) and the other was Senator Aziz’s black Peugeot (driven by his wonderful driver). So 40 years hence when I see my adopted father supporting extreme Buddhist monks who advocate violence against Muslims it confuses me.

I have NO patience for extremist Buddhists.

I have already put forth my solution to curb some of their vigor. At a MINIMUM Pakistan, Bangladesh and UAE should REFUSE to play cricket against Sri Lanka. Ideally the cricketing world should do to Sri Lanka what they did to South Africa for ’20’ years. Boycott them until they renounce Buddhist apartheid.

This persecution of non-Buddhists by Buddhists has to stop — Worldwide. It is Wrong. What would the Buddha Say? He was not perfect, BUT I am sure of one thing about him — he would NOT have condoned violence. The notion of ‘savage Buddhists’ would have appalled him. So IF you are a Buddhist cut out this nonsense, not for you, not for me — but for the sake of the Buddha.

Allegation That Sir Winston Churchill May Have Had Some Gay Tendencies Does Not Scandalize Me — And He Is My GREATEST Hero.

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by Anura Guruge

Related Posts:
50th anniversary of Death.
Churchill’s speech to parliament D-Day.

3. Churchill’s Mulberry Harbors for D-Day.
4. Death of Churchill’s youngest daughter.
5. Sri Lankan bad mouths Churchill.
6. Disastrous Churchill minute at 2012 Olympics.


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 Click here to access U.K. “Daily Mail” original.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA, is my greatest hero, a primary source of inspiration and the symbol of my Britishness. However, this allegation does not shock or scandalize me. To be honest it has crossed my mind at various times too.

I do NOT for a second think that he was exclusively gay (i.e., a ‘raving poofter‘ per good ol’ British Public School speak). He, at worst, was AC/DC (and self-charging batteries as well, given all the time he was on his own).

He was very much a man’s man and spent an inordinate time, due to the careers he pursued, in the sole company of men. He also was a product of the ‘No Girls’ British Public School system, pre-1970s. He attended many BOARDING schools from the time he was very young. I too attended a British boarding school for 2 years — from 1969 to 1971 — before I was expelled for publicizing the amount of ‘improper’ behavior that was taking place between the ‘young’ masters (nearly all from ‘Oxbridge’) and some of the young kids. I was 16 when I started and I was shocked. Most of the boys had been at male-only boarding schools since they were 7 or 8. It was a very male culture. Read between the lines. Winston too was a product of this culture. So I am not shocked.

I do not think he was a misogynist. He was arrogant and pompous. [SMILE] Also, I do NOT think that Clementine was the easiest of wives to live with.

So? This does not alter my opinion and respect was this GREAT man — a TOWERING figure in history. I would not he here writing this in English if NOT for Winston.

Crab Apples & Lilac In Bloom In New Hampshire Lakes Region — Prospect Mountain, Alton.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> 2015 Ticks
are Back!
>> 2015: Way too cold!
>> 2015:
Sounds of Peepers.
>> 2015: Crocuses and Green MGB.
>> 2015: Winnipesaukee ice-out.

Check Category ‘Alton for MANY other posts
++++ Search ‘Prospect’ for lots of other posts too >>>>

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Attribution will be sought.

I shot these pictures, on ‘Prospect Mountain Road‘, Alton, New Hampshire, on Friday, May 22, 2015, during my near daily run — using Teischan’s $39.90 Nikon Coolpix S3600. I was particularly keen to take some pictures of the two crab apples trees at the top. They are about the only ones — in bloom — in that area. One of those trees also held the LAST standing apple of 2014.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H. Choruses At May 21, 2015 ACS, BES & PMHS District Concert.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> PHMS “The Wizard Of Oz” March 27, 2015.

>> ACS Christmas 2014 Grade 3 concert.

>> ACS West African drumming assembly.

++++ Search ‘ACS‘ for many, many other posts on varied topics >>>>

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Which one is Devanee should NOT be hard to work out. [She looks just like me.]

ACS’ Hillarie Camire, expecting her third — who will, I hear, take the next year off to raise the kids. She did a lot to help Devanee with her singing. The kids will miss her. She is very well loved and respected.

I posted 4 YouTube videos.

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Here are the links to access them:
1. Elementary chorus.
2. Middle School chorus I.
3. Middle School chorus II.
4. Combined choruses.

Alton (N.H.) Parks & Rec: Deanna & Others Complain About Lack Of Summer 2015 Programs + Pathetic Web Presence.

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by Anura Guruge

A Few Related posts:
** All Black semaphores in Alton.
** Semaphores in need of urgent attention.

>> Alton Library presentation.
Mr. Shaffer’s last “Bring a Loved One for Lunch”.
Alton’s “Northeast Security” ….. ……

++++ Search on ‘Alton’ for all the other posts >>>>

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This IS THE Alton (NH) ‘Parks & Rec’ Website. I kid you not. Note that it has very little 2015 schedules — but has a registration from 2013 – 2014. This is pitiful even by Alton standards.


Alton (NH) ‘Parks & Rec’ Facebook page. Last post was 2 weeks ago. I can’t see any mention of the Summer 2015 program. This is a DISGRACE.

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This ‘thread’ is on the “Alton Community” Facebook. Interesting cast of characters commenting.


IF not for the fact that I have a fairly shrewd idea as to how SHE keeps her $60,000/year job I would be confused as to how she manages to get away with what she does. Nice.

I am trying hard not to say anything too disparaging about her because one of her kids is in Teischan’s class. But she has driven me to distraction and beyond when I tried to get our historic and now near derelict railway semaphore signals, at Alton Bay, repaired and painted.

As folks are commenting Alton’s Park & Rec efforts pale into insignificance compared to those offered by New Durham and Wolfeboro. It is a simple fix. Lets get a new Director. This one has been marking time ( …. ) for too long.