Meridianus Nexion

December 14, 2010

In the article Satanism in New Zealand – Part 2 I questioned whether the Meridanus Nexion website was genuinely an Order of Nine Angles affiliate:

The Meridianus Nexion page contains no contact details and only 3 brief articles. It is difficult to know if this is genuinely Order of Nine Angles material or members, as some of the articles appear to almost mock ideas promoted by the ONA.

Recently I discovered a new Order of Nine Angles website at o9a.org. I have no idea if this website is genuine, although there is nothing to suggest it isn’t. In the right-hand column of the page, under Nexions, it lists “Meridianus (New Zealand) and links to the Meridianus Nexion website. So it appears that this may be a genuine, functioning Order of Nine Angles nexion in New Zealand.

If you have any information regarding Meridianus Nexion, please contact me.

The Legacy

December 14, 2010

The coterie of brilliant minds (Roel van Leeuwen, Dov Bing, Marg Coldham-Fussell, and the eminent Professor Roy Crawford – Vice Chancellor) have done Waikato University, and New Zealand education in general, proud. First of all, the first three (Roeltje, the student, with Dov and Marg Grand High Overlords) got together and conspired to create a masterpiece of literary wisdom and label it a thesis. After passing this off as a ruby in the dust, they set about defending this sterling piece of tabloid journalism, co-opting the Tertiary Education Union into threatening a walkout of academic staff if the holiness of this newly created ‘Third Testament’ be questioned.

So now to the legacy. And one has to consider that this is suitable karma for the so-called ‘authorities’ in charge of maintaining standards for Tertiary Education. By placing this wonderful piece of dribble onto the internet, with the stamp of approval of their “University” they are effectively showcasing to the world the low standards of New Zealand education. While most New Zealanders, including the so-called and “self-styled” Anarchists, accept the gospel of Academic Standards, overseas “expats”, and those researching places to study, are beginning to discover this sordid saga and be warned off parting with their hard-won (or inherited) spondulix and are being advised (or being wise enough) to seek study anywhere BUT New Zealand. Bravo, bravo! Roel, Dov, Marg, and friends. You guys are ace!

Google “Roel van Leeuwen” and have a browse around the debacle that was/is his first class Masters. His thesis is online and it doesn’t take much reading before you find yourself head scratching as to how it could have been awarded a first – and that’s before you take into account the issues with his misattributing sources, doing his research poorly and making errors that five minutes on wikipedia could have corrected. Combine that with his boasting on LJ about the possibility of BS-ing his supervisors because he chose a minority subject and discussing getting his female students to do their homework in braille on their breasts and him doing the marking at home and that should tell you all you need to know about the standard of post grad education in some NZ establishments. He singlehandedly did an awful lot to pull down NZ post grad reputations overseas (again, this is covered by a google).

My advice? Anywhere but there.

Source: “Butterfly” - posting on the Expat Exposed forum.

This is surely a legacy to be proud of. I am sure every New Zealand will join with me in thanking Roel, Bing, Marg, and his eminence Roy Crawford in saying a big fat “thank you very much”, while cracking open a can or two of Tui. You guys rock! You guys are better than Justin Bieber.

(Oh, and congratulations to the other little toadies who played a part in helping tarnish the reputation of the Waikato University and New Zealand tertiary “education” … maybe you’ll have better luck auditioning as extras for The Hobbit.)

For those new to this sordid little saga, the thesis is available online: Dreamers of the Dark

[Watch out for little birdies… change is in the wind.]

Roel van Leeuwen unmasked

July 18, 2009

Smile!

Roel van Leeuwen admiring the women in uniform

Roel van Leeuwen admiring the women in uniform

Roel van Leeuwen confirming his identity in the cadets group shot. Join Roel on FaceBook.com and show him your support against this “hatchet job” website. I am sure he needs all the support he can get right now:

http://www.facebook.com/roelvl

Of course, you can now stop him in the street or private message him on FaceBook to get answers for the Dreamers of the Dark Competition! Moar!

Question 1

July 18, 2009

On page xi of the Dreamers of the Dark, Roel van Leeuwen makes the following claims:

“Research for this study was primarily based on the analysis of material published
by the Order, including its periodicals (The Watcher, The Heretic, The Nexus,
Suspire etc), various internal publications (including various curriculums of study,
internal essays, memos and so on)”

“While access to most of the Order’s periodicals
between 1990 and 1998 and major curriculum items (schedules of lessons and
essays) have been achieved…”

You have two choices, either:

A. Show where in the thesis OLHP, OSV, or ODF curriculums of study, internal essays, memos, or schedules of lessons are footnoted or listed in the bibliography.

B. Find, by any means possible (e.g. without it being possible to interview former members), any “curriculums of study” (plural), “internal essays” (e.g. those not published in the various journals of ‘the Order’), “memos”, or “schedules of lessons”.

Hint: Contact Roel van Leeuwen at journeyman1717@yahoo.com for the answers.

Dreamers of the Dark Competition

July 18, 2009

I have decided to run a competition so that supporters of Roel van Leeuwen can gain bragging rights over how this “hatchet job” blog is wrong, and the person writing these articles is blind as a bat and unable to find the answers for themselves.

How this will work:

Simple. I will post an occasional question relating to points raised in the thesis, and the first person to answer it ‘correctly’ will score 1 point. I will set up a page with a running tally to show who is the most smarty of all smarty-pants out there. Simply add your comment to each question posting.

How do I get the thesis:

Well, lucky for you, the University of Waikato has published the thesis again, and claim that it demonstrates ‘academic rigour’. Simply follow this link to the University’s own website and download the full thesis:

http://researchcommons.waikato.ac.nz/handle/10289/2446

Title: Dreamers of the Dark: Kerry Bolton and the Order of the Left Hand Path, a Case-study of a Satanic/Neo-Nazi Synthesis
Authors: van Leeuwen, Wilhelmus Roelof
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: The University of Waikato
Abstract: In 1990 a small self-published journal/magazine called The Watcher was distributed among New Zealand’s occult underground. The Watcher described itself as ‘the New Zealand Voice of the Left Hand Path’, and was published as the journal of the Order of the Left Hand Path. The Watcher and the Order directed its attentions towards those occultists who identified themselves as Satanists and, as such, the journal articulated a distinctly Satanic philosophy and perspective. However, as the journal evolved and developed, renaming itself as The Heretic and The Nexus in later years, there arose alongside Satanic philosophy an increasing emphases on what could be called esoteric Nazism or esoteric Nationalism. Given that the editor of The Watcher was Kerry Bolton, a man who has been immersed in New Zealand’s Nationalist/neo-Nazi movement since the early 1970s, such an increasingly political orientation was perhaps unsurprising. This thesis examines the way in which the Order bought Satanic and neo-Nazi ideologies together and the resulting synthesis. It also looks at the transition from being a Satanic order led by a neo-Nazi to an openly neo-Nazi Order that uses Satanic philosophy to justify and popularise its conception of National Socialism.

Is there a prize?

Well, I have considered whether this should be for bragging rights alone, or whether I will offer a cash prize. If people get behind this I may be prepared to stump up with a nice little wad of cash… enough for a few beers with your mates anyway. (Let’s be bold and say NZ$100).  I’ll say a definite yes to the prize money if I get 5 or more people seriously competing to answer say 10 serious questions relating to the thesis. Otherwise, bragging rights alone will have to do. Payment of the prize will be made by bank cheque, sent to you by post (so you will have to be willing to give your name and postal address to claim the prize) – hmm but if you’re overseas contact me if you intend to play and we will work out a payment method should you win!).

Are confessions from Roel van Leeuwen allowed?

Sorry, Roel van Leeuwen, Dov Bing, and Marg Coldham-Fussell are exempt from the competition as they have already had the opportunity to answer questions but have opted to present the thesis as a first class piece of scholarship. Let’s face it, they would never go for this challenge anyway!

Other participants who cannot play are Kerry Bolton (Mr Bolton, or Dr Bolton, take your pick), unless you’re the other Kerry Bolton. And anyone who has already lodged complaints against the thesis or posted ‘expose’ type material, so as to give new punters a chance. And yeah yeah, I know, people can find many of the answers on this site but not all… good luck! And May the Fourth be with you, alwayth.

How do we know you’ll pay out?

You don’t. But let’s just say that if 5 people are willing to serious examine the thesis I think NZ$100 is a fair prize to start exposing the low standards of the thesis, and documenting the cover-up that has been done by Waikato University.

Competition ends: 1 week after the final question (question 10) is posted. If not answered correctly, and 5 people haven’t been taking part, then sorry, I will be awarding bragging rights only. Free beer anyone?

So… on to the first question. (next post)

Hypocritcal Holocaust Denier – Roel van Leeuwen

July 12, 2009
Spot Roel van Leeuwen

Where's Roeltje?

While Roel van Leeuwen has been very quick to state to the media that his thesis was on the topic of holocaust denial (eh? yes – that is right! He claims it was exposing holocaust denial, rather than the stated topic of satanic/neo-nazi synthesis), his own Live Journal postings give insight in his thoughts about the right to deny the holocaust; or at least the right to academic freedom to write about the holocaust in ways that ones peers might object to. Ironic given that one of his thesis supervisors (the secondary one, Dov Bing, not the primary supervisor, Marg Coldham-Fussell) was instrumental in bagging Joel Hayward (according to the various accounts on the internet).

So, the situation we have is an academic who has fabricated his thesis findings, who supports academic freedom in topics such as researching the holocaust, and being supervised by Dov Bing, who doesn’t accept this as academic freedom, who on top of this calls the kettle black in claiming someone else is a holocaust denier because they apparently published articles dealing with history relating to the holocaust. Wow, what a tangled web we weave.

Thesis problems (by Roel van Leeuwen, aka Diogenes Stone)

22nd-Apr-2006 09:06 am
Well, its started…
My thesis topic is on religious (specifically Pagan) elements in neo-Nazism.
About six years ago Universities in NZ were hit by two ‘scandals’ which were tarred
broadly with the brush of ‘holocaust denial’- Dr Joel Hayward was taken to task over his
Masters thesis in which he said that there problems with the standard and accepted
vision of the holocaust. He is not a holocaust denier, but a historian looking at a highly
emotive topic. The second was Hans Joachim Kupka, who was a PhD candidate in
German language here at Waikato. Kupka is a holocaust denier and neo-Nazi, but its
important to note that he was enrolled in a language PhD, not in politics or history. To
cut a long story short, both investigations had something of a hysterical air about them
and I don’t believe that either investigation was conducted in an atmosphere of fairness
and impartiality. Judge for yourself. Hayward’s perspective can be found at
http://www.joelhayward.com and the official Waikato Uni report on the Kupka Case can
be found at http://unipr.waikato.ac.nz/news/kupka_report/pdf/kupka-report.pdf . My issue
with Kupka is that he was enrolled in a language degree- fair enough if he was enrolled
in history, politics, religion etc. We do have academic freedom and freedom of thought in
this country- it is specifically enshrined in law (one of the few countries to have academic
freedom legally protected- thanks Geoff Palmer!) so it’s a bugger to see it run roughshod
over.
Both these experiences have made the NZ academic community a little bit sensitive,
particularly at Waikato, about the topic. Last night I received an e-mail from my senior
supervisor suggesting that I take onboard a supervisor who had specialist knowledge ‘in
this area’ (what area? Pagan Nazism? Is there anyone in NZ that has specialist
knowledge in this area?). The person suggested was a member of staff who was
instrumental in the Hayward case and central in the Kupka case and is (or was) a senior
member of the NZJC.


Why am I feeling a degree of unease? Lol


In reply I offered two other suggestions for a fourth (!) supervisor.
Its not a matter of having anything to hide, just that I think there was a degree of gross
unfairness in the above cases and I don’t particularly want to be in a position of having to
look over my shoulder and modify my research because of paranoia that may or may not
be groundless.

Diogenes Stone = Roel van Leeuwen

July 12, 2009
Spot Roel van Leeuwen

Roel van Leeuwen is one of these people... which one? Any viewers care to take a guess? Bing?

Well, looks like someone didn’t like a little expose of their misogyny, and propensity for bullshitting in the production of their thesis, and I bet even moreso didn’t want people seeing his defense of Joel Hayward and Hans Kupka which claiming “Bolton is a holocaust denier”. Poor, poor, poor Roeltje. And to know that one of your friends tipped us off regarding your livejournal entries must be a real eye opener.  Maybe it is time to come clean and admit you followed through and fudged your references and created a dodgy bollocky thesis, and then at least some of your friends may once again respect you.

If not, “watch this space” for the next revelations that come to light about the sad state of affairs that constitute Roel van Leeuwens academic career.

And remember, any female readers out there – go to the University of Waikato, where “academic rigour” involves the male tutors fantasizing about your breasts! Go Waikato!

(Oh, and for the people that email me all confused by my postings – this posting is in reference to the fact that Roeltje has deleted his LiveJournal where he was a braggin’ about being able to baffle his simpleton supervisors and muddled markers with his brilliant bullshit)

Pass me my beating stick, oh pass me my rod of iron

July 11, 2009

Roel van Leeuwen fantasizes about female students writing their essays on their breasts in Braille:

25th-Apr-2007 09:37 pm

Just finished marking the RELS101 test, possibly the easiest test in the world to pass.  32% failed.  Oh ye gods, what have we done wrong?  Oh Lord my God, did we err when we expected them to read the course text?  Did we aim too high when we expected them to have listened in class and tutorials?  Evidently so- one of the questions was whether the ancient Israelite religion was once and always monotheistic…I spent an entire tutorial on the bloody subject and countless diversions at other times- and still people got it wrong (say after me “Asherah, the consort of Yahweh.  Yahweh, the competitor of Baal”).  They got most of the multi-choice part pretty okay, but they really fell down when they had to write for themselves and some of the howlers they made, Jeezus… (write out 100 times “The Gospel of St. John is not part of the Torah”).  It would help if they could read the questions as well- when asked to discuss the religious context that the historical Jesus lived in, I do not want a catalogue of his miracles which culminates in his bodily resurrection, nor do I need to read stuff like “Jesus was the son of God and his father was Joseph and Mary”.  It does my head in, really, it does.
However, credit where credit is due.  We have a number of quite committed Christians in the paper, including those working towards ministry or missionary posts, and they did pretty well.  In fact, from memory, none of them failed (even if none of them excelled, either).  The ones that are having the most difficulty are the young ‘uns who didn’t grow up with a conception of religion.  There is a glimmer of hope though (and yahoo for that).  The top mark in the class, a respectable 91%, is held by a geeky young lass with a remarkably dowdy taste in clothing but nonetheless has ‘that look’ of someone fundamentally interesting.  I shall be keeping an eye on her.
Well, one thing is obvious.  I have to change my tutoring approach in the weeks to come and work towards lifting the state of the game some pegs higher that what it is.  Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.  If so many fail, then I am obviously doing something wrong .  The next segment is on Hinduism and Buddhism, so that could be…interesting…
Oh well, time to go elsewhere.
Peace out

Comments  25th-Apr-2007 08:25 pm (UTC)

catsnstuff
*grin*

Re: the reading the question thing, it’s easy to imagine their thought process. “What religious context did the historical Jesus live in? Heeeey, I know about Jesus! Maybe that’s what they want to hear!”

Its good to reflect on your tutoring style after these things, but remember you aren’t the only factor influencing this. Probably most of those who fail don’t turn up to tutorials. And there’s always the dreaded factor that causes students to do poorly – they thought the test would be easy.

25th-Apr-2007 08:32 pm (UTC)

catsnstuff
Hmm. I should qualify that to say that despite my use of “they”, I don’t see students as a homogeneous lot at all. Promise. It’s just so danged easy to slip into the language of “they”. :/

27th-Apr-2007 01:21 am (UTC)

aleqgrai
You said: “The top mark in the class, a respectable 91%, is held by a geeky young lass with a remarkably dowdy taste in clothing but nonetheless has ‘that look’ of someone fundamentally interesting. I shall be keeping an eye on her”

And echoes the advice I shall give my son – watch the clever wall flowers – you just know they’re really dirty (and will probably keep you well fed too).

Regards getting them to learn – spot quizzes?, perhaps some practical historical christianity, including duckings, self flagellation (then you can’t be held accountable) and a bit of torture – play Barry Manilow at them.

29th-Apr-2007 10:43 am (UTC)

mellifluous_nz
tits, everyone pays attention to tits!

Write key words on your breasts and I am sure the class will pay more attention?

(I know your a guy, nothing like a bitta man breat tho ah!)

29th-Apr-2007 11:51 am (UTC)

diogenes_stone
Hmmm…maybe they could write their essays on their breasts instead. In Braille, of course. Oh, the joys of taking your marking home with you then…

30th-Apr-2007 08:03 pm (UTC)

mellifluous_nz
oh oh oh oh let me know how it goes!!!

;)

Thesis Problems(A premonition)

July 11, 2009
22nd-Apr-2006 09:06 amThesis problems
Alien dude
Well, its started…

My thesis topic is on religious (specifically Pagan) elements in neo-Nazism.

About six years ago Universities in NZ were hit by two ‘scandals’ which were tarred broadly with the brush of ‘holocaust denial’- Dr Joel Hayward was taken to task over his Masters thesis in which he said that there problems with the standard and accepted vision of the holocaust. He is not a holocaust denier, but a historian looking at a highly emotive topic. The second was Hans Joachim Kupka, who was a PhD candidate in German language here at Waikato. Kupka is a holocaust denier and neo-Nazi, but its important to note that he was enrolled in a language PhD, not in politics or history. To cut a long story short, both investigations had something of a hysterical air about them and I don’t believe that either investigation was conducted in an atmosphere of fairness and impartiality. Judge for yourself. Hayward’s perspective can be found at http://www.joelhayward.com and the official Waikato Uni report on the Kupka Case can be found at http://unipr.waikato.ac.nz/news/kupka_report/pdf/kupka-report.pdf . My issue with Kupka is that he was enrolled in a language degree- fair enough if he was enrolled in history, politics, religion etc. We do have academic freedom and freedom of thought in this country- it is specifically enshrined in law (one of the few countries to have academic freedom legally protected- thanks Geoff Palmer!) so it’s a bugger to see it run roughshod over.

Both these experiences have made the NZ academic community a little bit sensitive, particularly at Waikato, about the topic. Last night I received an e-mail from my senior supervisor suggesting that I take onboard a supervisor who had specialist knowledge ‘in this area’ (what area? Pagan Nazism? Is there anyone in NZ that has specialist knowledge in this area?). The person suggested was a member of staff who was instrumental in the Hayward case and central in the Kupka case and is (or was) a senior member of the NZJC.

Why am I feeling a degree of unease? Lol

In reply I offered two other suggestions for a fourth (!) supervisor.

Its not a matter of having anything to hide, just that I think there was a degree of gross unfairness in the above cases and I don’t particularly want to be in a position of having to look over my shoulder and modify my research because of paranoia that may or may not be groundless.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see where this leads. I am prob making a mountain of a molehill and all that, but still…

Read it and weap at: http://diogenes-stone.livejournal.com/1328.html

Primary Supervisor

July 11, 2009

After much speculation it can now be revealed who the primary supervisor of Roel van Leeuwen’s thesis was. The outstanding Marg Coldham-Fussell:

14th-Oct-2006 08:56 am
Alien dude
Well, yesterday I had a meeting with my second supervisor, one I have to say I was somewhat dreading. Marg, my primary supervisor, is cool. She knows me and knows how I work and does little more than ask the occasional question along the lines of “everything going well?” and leaves it at that. Maybe its because she is a laid back quasi-hippy still working on her own PhD.

Dov, on the other hand, is a professor of political science from the old school- but a cool guy. However, I haven’t had anything to show him, nor have I been in contact with him for months so when I bumped into him in the men’s toilets and he said he wanted to see me, I thought “gads, time to harden my buttocks and prepare for an arse kicking”

So, at the appointed hour, I rock around to his office and with some degree of trepidation, knock and enter. We spent the next 1hr 28 mins in discussion, during which my thesis and its progress was raised on two occasions for a total of four minutes- and which he said things were going really well and he is very happy and well impressed with what I am doing. I’m sitting there thinking “What the fuck? How would you know how it’s going? I haven’t shown you anything fer Christ’s sake!” I confess I was somewhat confused and wondered if he had confused me with someone else. I can only assume he has been talking to other people and been getting a second hand opinion, but I did say I would send him through my conference papers and seminar notes so he should have some idea where I am heading with it all.

What did we spend the other 1 hr 24mins talking about, do I hear you ask? Well, we discussed Iran’s relationship with the UN, Iran’s relationship to Iraq, Iraq’s relationship to Israel, Israel’s relationship to just about everyone else, US domestic and foreign policy, holocaust deniers we had met, Jews in China, his great great grandfather in Japan, the Dutch military in Indonesia during WW2, his uncle who was in the Dutch military in Indonesia in WW2, a guy he met who knew his uncle who was in the Dutch military in WW2, the Dutch War records office and corrupt historians and bureaucrats, my father who was in Indonesia after WW2, my grandmother and her resistance work, Dutch civil honours, N Korea’s relationship to Iran, Israel and the bomb, Israel’s relationship to Palestine, the use of deterrent force and how the West never got the hang on it, justifiable massacre and just war theory. I am sure I missed some bits of the conversation out, but you get the picture.

After I left that I went and hung out with some folk I met after my seminar on Thurs, and talked philosophy for about four hours. Among other things they are looking to resurrect the Prior Society on campus, a philosophical and drinking society (and I mean a genuine philosophical society- in their heyday they used to sponsor speakers in from overseas and so on. But they also drank. Like fishes, apparently. Or Rhinoceroses. We are a little unclear on that point).

Well, today’s mission is to start writing up more of my thesis, the topic being Satanism and its place within the neo-Pagan movement. I am arguing that Satanism is a fully fledged member of neo-Paganism based on the principle that I can not think of a good reason why it isn’t. Tomorrows mission is writing up my conference paper for the conference starting that night and running to Tuesnight.

Any suggestions for good books on Satanism, any one?

Well, I shall begonned to have breakfast and a cup of tea before work.

Cheerio

Read it from the ass’s mouth right here: http://diogenes-stone.livejournal.com/15094.html

Step right up Marg and take a bow:

Staff Members

Margaret Coldham-Fussell

Role: Lecturer
Qualifications: BSocSc, DipRelStud, MA Waikato
Email: marga@waikato.ac.nz
Location: HI4.03
Contact: 8172
Portrait

Research Interests:

Marg Coldham-Fussell is currently undertaking a Doctorate in the area of Spirituality, Consciousness and the New Physics. She also has teaching and research interests in the areas of Eastern Religions, Ancient Mythologies, and Contemporary Spiritual trends, and co-teaches a Philosophy paper that explores religion and ethics in secular society.

Research Publications:

You may like to view publications from 1997 onwards for Margaret Coldham-Fussell

Expertise:

Undergraduate papers taught in 2008
RELS101 World Religions
RELS209 Ancient Mythologies
RELS213 Contemporary Spiritualities


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