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  1. I saw this for myself in Birmingham city centre last year. There are numerous apartment blocks being built or under development and they all have certain things in common. While the upper floors consist of 'luxury apartments', with maybe a restaurant at the top for 'the views', the ground levels provide some retail space and/or a gym. The retail space consists of a 'convenience store' - either a 'mini' Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrisons etc, or some Co-Op/Londis/Costcutter/Nisa - and maybe a couple of cafes or takeaways such as Subway/Costa etc. It's almost like these blocks are being provided so that their residents have (much) of what they need, right on their doorstep. The 'essentials' if you like. Of course, the people who will live in these high-rise blocks will be those who have already been conditioned into using Just Eat, Deliveroo, Amazon etc to get stuff delivered to them, while the 'big name' stores selling the 'luxury' stuff are just a short walk or bike ride away. There's not much in the way of parking spaces being provided for these developments, because the 'assumption' being made is that the residents won't 'need' a private car - if they need to travel further afield, then the 'assumption' is that they will travel by bus or train, or hire an 'Uber' (taxi). People are 'outraged' that this 15-Minute City concept is being proposed for Oxford, when it is already happening in cities like Birmingham, and so far no-one has raised an eyebrow.
  2. "Network of highly ambitious local government leaders for cleaner, more powerful communities" All the hallmarks of Common Purpose:
  3. "Smart Meters" would be controlled via mobile network (I don't have one either), hence the recent furore about energy suppliers changing customers onto pre-payment terms without their consent, those who have smart meters anyway. Otherwise a physical change of meter would be required, which would require a warrant in order to enter the property. (I'm now starting to wonder why some of my neighbours have had their gas meters relocated to a box outside the property as part of 'gas mains pipe upgrades' in my area.) It is possible to send control signals via the mains electricity network - my previous property had Economy7 and a dual-phase meter, I raised a concern with my then-electricity supplier as the clock on the meter display was several hours out, and I was assured that wasn't important as a signal was sent through the mains to let the meter know when to switch between the day and night settings. The water meters are different, I have one installed in my flat, it's not a 'smart' meter as such in that it doesn't connect to the internet or wi-fi, but it does periodically transmit a short range radio signal, which means that the meter reader can pick up the signal using a handheld receiver without physically entering your property.
  4. When I regularly used to go shopping in Birmingham or Solihull, I used to get fed up with being harrassed by people 'collecting for charity'. When I shop online at eBay or where I use Paypal, there's usually some option to 'add a donation' to some 'randomly selected' charity. It's even reached the point where I go somewhere like B&M or Wilko, when I go to pay at the checkout, the card machine asks if I'd like to make a donation to some charity. Fuck off! If I want to donate to some charity, I would find a good local well-meaning charity and give a donation to them directly. Given the current 'cost of living crisis', it is disgraceful that big retailers are trying to encourage their shoppers to spend more than they already want to by making an additional 'donation to charity'.
  5. But they died "from/with Covid" so that's all anyone needed to know.
  6. It is the smaller charities that end up losing out it would seem. Fuck the 'big corporate' charities like Cancer Research, this is just Amazon further pushing online retail to kill off the high streets, where even charity shops are selling on Amazon. Amazon may let charities 'keep all of the profits' but this again gives such 'big corporate' charities an advantage over other third-party marketplace sellers. Amazon want it all, they just want people to buy from them.
  7. And yes, its continued since the Covid Pandemic with the "Cost Of Living Crisis", which was caused/engineered by Government's own policies, yet it is the Government "coming to the rescue" with handouts, rebates, and the 'energy price guarantee'. The media constantly push the narrative of "due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine" as being the cause of our woes, but the truth is that it is all down to governments imposing sanctions on Russia that has caused this mess.
  8. Wasn't this the plan all along though? To make people and business reliant on the state for 'handouts'? Ie "universal basic income", which you earn from either being a 'good citizen' (see China's social credit system) or being a company that promotes "the message".
  9. I don't think Andrew Bridgen MP is the 'hero' some people are making him out to be.
  10. Global catastrophes are linked to the cycles of the Sun. It is true that the 'next one' could happen in our lifetime, but it is impossible to predict the exact year or even exact date it will occur. Good place to start on this is here: https://www.youtube.com/@Suspicious0bservers/playlists
  11. Yes, 'climate change' is the narrative being pushed, but 'dramatise' is a bit kind, I think you mean 'over-exaggerate' it. See my thread here for examples:
  12. Interesting. Then a year later in 2022, after Russia began attacking Ukraine, the 'Homes For Ukraine' scheme saw many Ukrainians being 'legally trafficked' into the UK.
  13. It doesn't matter really, its meaningless. The USA can just keep 'borrowing' money because... From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64341875 It's all just fictional money that doesn't exist on paper. One does have to wonder who is 'buying this debt' from the USA and why?
  14. I'm pretty sure that if anyone digs deep enough, all these 'charities', 'foundations' and 'trusts' may be set up with good intentions by these so-called 'philanthropists', but they are ultimately just vehicles for money laundering, pushing the 'agenda', and disguising other inhuman or criminal activities.
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