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  1. If the vaccines and boosters only reduce your risk of 'dying' if you catch this virus, and you can still catch and 'spread' this virus whether you are vaccinated or not, then what fucking difference does it make if only 'vaccinated' people can enter certain events or venues? My logical brain tells me that the idea of 'vaccine passports' is completely illogical, and serves no purpose other than to try and divide society, or to 'nudge nudge' people into becoming used to the idea of having their lives controlled and dictated to them by a smartphne app.

     

    GET THE VACCINE! WEAR A FUCKING MASK! Why? These things seem to make no difference anyway. People who've had the vaccine and religiously wear face masks are just as likely to catch this virus and get sick from it (or even die), so what's the point? What's the point of the vaccines? What's the point of a Covid/vaccine passport?

     

    Why is everyone doing the same shit that we went through before and expecting a different result this time?

     

    Because its all social engineering and psychological manipulation propaganda.

  2. I for several years now regularly suffer from blocked ears, usually one or the other but rarely both at the same time, and its usually following a period of nasal/sinus congestion, for example a minor 'cold'. In most cases, it generally 'clears up' itself after a couple of days. First piece of advice, NEVER use cotton buds to try and clear out earwax, that just makes the problem worse as all you do is push down and 'compact' any ear wax that has built up. Second piece of advice, if a doctor or nurse prescribes you 'ear drops', don't waste your money. Several years ago, when I first had a serious ear blockage, I visited a local walk-in clinic, where after a nurse took a look inside my ears, she gave me a prescription for 'ear drops' ,told me to take them for a few days to 'soften' the blockage, then to come back and see her and she would 'syringe' my ear. Took the prescription to a local chemist (Lloyds Pharmacy), handed over £11, and received in return two little bottles of olive oil drops, which I later found would have cost only £1.50 each if I'd picked them up off the shelf. In the past, when I've visited chemists, they've often advised if prescribed medicines are available cheaper off the shelf, but not in this case. (To this day, I've never set foot in any Lloyds Pharmacy as a result of this con) Despite my annoyance at this, I did use the olive oil drops for three days before returning to the same walk-in centre, where the nurse did flush out my ear and I could hear again properly! A couple of years later, I had the same problem again, this time after a bit of research I bought some Otex ear drops from Wilko. It's a little more expensive than regular olive oil, but is available 'over-the-counter' and you can buy from supermarkets. It does seem to work on its own, though you do need a few days of application. It has some active ingredient that releases oxygen to help break down the wax buildup, which causes the 'fizzing' sensation when you apply it. I then turned up at another local walk-in clinic after work, in the hope that some nice friendly nurse would then be able to use their ear syringing equipment to 'flush out' the remaining wax build-up so I could hear properly again. I got a bit pissy though when I was told that I would need to make an appointment, which made a mockery of the clinic being a 'walk-in centre'. If you look on eBay you can buy these 'home ear syringing kits', which are not as advanced or sophisticated as the equipment used by nurses at GP clinics and walk-in centres, but the principle is the same. Its basically a 50ml syringe, with a soft plastic tri-jet nozzle. Fill it with warm water, insert into your ear, and then squeeze while tipping your head to the side and rotating the syringe. The tri-jet nozzle injects a stream of warm water around the loosened wax blockage, which should then break it up and flush it out. Since I bought one of these, I've never needed to visit an NHS facility, I can sort myself out at home. It doesn't always work first time, and sometimes needs a couple of applications, but I'd recommend leaving it a day before flushing again. If you get blobs of 'brown goo' coming out, then you know its working. As with anything, it can take a few days to 'work its course', so it is important to be patient. There is of course the possibility of an ear infection causing your blocked ear(s), which ear wax flushing won't solve, and could possibly make matters worse.
  3. This I figure is part of the strategy, certainly aimed at the younger folk though I would imagine. Youngsters growing up in villages would find living in the 'big city' more attractive, that of course is where all the jobs are being created, and where all the 'affordable' () homes are being built. I would imagine that many older folk who live in rural villages and small towns already own and make use of cars in order to get around, hence the lack of public transport use. And with local authorities being 'squeezed' for funding from central government (or preferring to squander what funding they do receive on useless vanity projects) they are less likely to subsidise bus routes with low patronage in order to keep them operating for the few people who do need them. On the flipside, I live in a supposedly well-connected conurbation (West Midlands), and again here the push is to get more people onto public transport in order to reduce traffic congestion. But even here, bus services are being cut and/or reduced. We also have the problem in that due to enormous amounts of traffic congestion - caused in the main by a never-ending series of roadworks for 'major projects' (that we keep being told will get 'the West Midlands moving again') - bus services are increasingly unreliable and suffer major delays and diversions. In reality the opposite is happening, also fuelled by the Covid pandemic propaganda, in that people are ditching public transport and using cars in order to 'keep safe' - because there is a constant 'perception' being fuelled in local media that buses are 'dirty, grimy and unsafe', and that all passengers are anti-social drunks and carriers of this phantom virus - which is what is ultimately making the traffic congestion worse. A veritable 'chicken and egg' scenario. It also doesn't help matters that due to 'driver shortages' many bus services are failing to operate, and of course numerous train services are being cancelled at short notice for the same reason. If you can't rely on public transport to get you around, what other choice do you have other than drive your own car or book a taxi? Here in the West Midlands, the expection is 'see if you can walk or cycle instead'. That's great advice, if your workplace is a mile from your house, but a bit dismissive if your ten mile commute involves two buses and a train.
  4. The plan was originally to stop all sales of new petrol/diesel cars by 2040, but as Golden Retriever pointed out, that seems to have been brought forward. There will still of course be combustion engine vehicles on the road, they couldn't just outright 'ban' them - think of the 'fuel duty' that the Government collects in taxes. Of course, by 2030-2040, what we'll probably find is that the cost of petrol/diesel will be prohibitive to most people, namely those on low-incomes. So those that refuse to switch to using electric or other zero-emission vehicles will likely find themselves forced off the roads and onto public transport, or forced/'encouraged' to move into the cities to be closer to work, so they can walk or cycle instead. It was the 'oil giants' after all who 'killed off' electric vehicles first time around with the 'invention' of the petrol-fuelled combustion engine, that allowed so many people to become reliant on their oil-based 'resource'. It's surprising how many people don't know/remember that electric cars and vans were a 'thing' and all the rage in the late 1800s/early 1900s, this is a good thread over at the Stolen History forum: "Ditch Tesla, buy Babcock Runabout: 1,244 miles on one battery in 1909" https://stolenhistory.net/threads/ditch-tesla-buy-babcock-runabout-1-244-miles-on-one-battery-in-1909.21/ "Big Oil" has suppressed research into alternative vehicle fuelling technology for decades, so I find it extremely odd that they would be sitting back and allowing this recent push for a transition to electric and hydrogen fuelled 'zero emission' vehicles to be happening, not unless they have some new 'vested interest' hidden up their sleeves.
  5. I'm afraid the media doesn't work like that any more. Someone just has to turn around and assert "we have found a new variant" and the likes of the BBC etc just parrot this without question. All the evidence anyone needs to see comes in the form of fancy diagrams, like this one:
  6. "New variant detected in South Africa" It's last years news being repeated again - someone could have had some imagination and picked a different country. "The situation will be reviewed after three weeks" Where have we heard that line before?
  7. I've noticed this too. I'm thinking there may be a 'snap' General Election early next year, the signs are becoming apparent that this is what people are being led towards. Of course, it wouldn't make any difference really. Labour are hardly any credible alternative at present, but it would be their only shot at gaining power at the moment.
  8. @Steve-o this is clearly copied and pasted from elsewhere, can you provide a source link please?
  9. Thanks, but I'm pretty sure all that you have mentioned here has been covered extensively within this forum already.
  10. No, not really, I never got that far, and to be fair, after adding a simple contact form for potential contributors to get in touch, I never received any contact from anyone. https://covidexposed.info/contribute/ All we'd really be looking for is some good well-written original content, or commentary on other content that can be quoted, or commentary on videos that can be embedded. The kind of stuff that is based on facts, or original opinions. Material that really highlights and emphasises the 'Covid Exposed' aspect of the website name. What I have found over recent months, and why I don't get involved in that part of this forum so much lately, is that I believe there is a lot of disinfo and misinfo being 'seeded' within all these Telegram groups, and then circulated amongst other 'alternative research' communities, which is then making those who are genuinely researching this conspiracy look 'silly', and diluting the severity of this whole situation. You only have to look at BitChute to see this in action, a whole host of people using 'click-bait' tactics just to get people to view their videos. While I would welcome contributors to repost material from their own blogs or websites and link back to them, there is no monetisation at Covid Exposed - the hosting is paid for by myself privately, and I don't rely on advertising, sponsorship or donations for funding. I'm not interested in making money out of this, its just about building up a resource of useful information that can be shared with others.
  11. Not necessarily, maybe she is being used as a form of 'reverse psychology'? Remember how everything is so polarised nowadays? Hillary Clinton = BAD So if she's against cryptocurrency, then cryptocurrency = GOOD Anyone who may have been on the fence, starts pumping their 'actual money' into crypto. Crypto then turns out to be a massive con, and is actually BAD Oh, all these people just lost all their money. See how this all works?
  12. All this identarianism is a form of mental illness in my opinion.
  13. IBAN and Swift are 'international' versions of your bank account number and sort code. You can usually find them on your bank statement. You don't need to fly to India to find this stuff out, just contact your bank. Or set up a new account with another bank that you can receive your payments from Amazon to.
  14. Paypal, as well as being a payment processor, is also technically a 'bank'. Websites that use PayPal as a payment processor allow payments to be made, regardless of whether you have a Paypal account or not - you can sign in to your Paypal account, or just pay with a credit or debit card as a 'guest'. As with other credit/debit card payment processors, merchants do get charged fees by PayPal. I've had a PayPal account for years now - of course it used to be owned by eBay and was up until recently the only secure way you could pay for purchases from that marketplace. When you set up a PayPal account, you link either your bank account details, or a credit/debit card, and you are able to hold a 'balance'. Payments you receive sit in your balance until you withdraw them to your bank account. You can make purchases with payments taken from your balance, and if there are insufficient funds in your account, the payment is requested from your bank account by direct debit. As I've mentioned earlier, I no longer have any credit cards, and do not live in debt. However credit card purchases are usually subject to a level of protection, unlike debit card purchases. When buying stuff online, if Paypal is available as a payment method I will use that, rather than just entering my card details, as buyers are afforded great levels of protection. Oh and yes, PayPal is now also offering credit services and 'lending' people money. No thanks. But on some purchases I do get an option to 'Pay after delivery', whereby I can make a purchase and the funds are not requested until after 14 days (at no extra charge) which can come in handy towards the end of the month. On the subject of eBay, as I mentioned earlier, they offloaded PayPal a few years ago, and last year set themselves up as a payment processor with 'eBay Managed Payments'. So when buying through eBay, your money no longer goes directly to the seller, it is collected by eBay, and they then (after a few days) deduct their fees and pass it on. You can of course still pay with your PayPal account, but this goes to eBay's own PayPal account, rather than to the seller's. So would Amazon go down the Paypal route and try to set itself up as its own 'bank'? Maybe at some point they will (if they haven't done so already), but offering 'credit' does incur a level of risk.
  15. OK, this was a bit of a peculiar one for me this morning. It often happens that I'll wake in the middle of the night, needing to go pee. And for some reason, this generally happens around 3am. So this morning, I woke up from a dream as you do, and needed to go to the bathroom. I have one of those projector clocks, where it projects the time onto the ceiling when you press the button. I stretched out my arm and pressed the button, it clearly showed '3:07' on the ceiling. I immediately then rolled out of bed, and went to the toilet. What took me aback, was that I have a clock in the bathroom, and that was showing the time as '4:42'. WTF? I finished my business and went back to my bedroom and got back into bed. Just to be sure it wasn't malfunctioning, I pressed the button on the clock again. It projected '4:44'. Now I'm pretty sure after getting out of bed, I didn't black out or pass out, and it only takes a few seconds to get from my bedroom across the hall to the bathroom. It was a very bizarre experience, did I somehow slip through a crack in time? Also curiously, once I got back to sleep, I woke up this morning about an hour or so later than I would do normally...
  16. This forum software doesn't use 'BBCode' tags like on others. Just paste the URLs as 'plain text' and they will embed automatically (pictures and videos etc)
  17. What a load of bollocks. "No loss of pay" - a misnomer if ever there was one. So companies are expected to pay their staff the same wages, for doing less work? Not going to happen, not unless everyone is happy to pay more for consumer goods. And with the reduction in working hours for employees, in order to maintain productivity levels, companies would have to... employ more staff! Yeah, that sounds great, jobs being created and all that, BUT... that means increased labour/staffing costs, which will mean HIGHER PRICES, unless you'd be happy if Tesco or Morrisons only opened for four days a week. Also if you increase the number of employees working for you on shorter shifts, umm well thats MORE people travelling to and from work every day.
  18. While retailers are now no longer able to 'directly' pass on card processing fees to consumers - anyone remember the days when you'd have to pay a 'surcharge' if you paid by credit card instead of debit card or cash? - generally the card processing costs are absorbed by the retailer's margin. So the consumer 'indirectly' pays these fees in the form of a slightly higher price. The important thing to remember is that it is the retailer who pays for the processing fee, not the consumer. Amazon is so far the only retailer that has stuck its neck out and stated that it will stop accepting payments made with Visa credit cards. Note that you can still use Visa debit cards, or Mastercard credit and debit cards. I don't think that Amazon will follow through with this, and they will eventually back-track. But in the meantime, I do wonder just how many Amazon customers who only use a Visa credit card will feel obliged to sign up for a new Mastercard credit card and transfer their balance, or just start to rack up debt on this new card. Or alternatively, how many would start using their debit card instead of their credit card, and then wonder why they have no money come the end of the month prior to pay-day, because they've been randomly buying stuff 'suggested for them' by Amazon.
  19. From what I gather, while there are processing fees for debit cards, these are usually lower than those for credit cards.
  20. It's all to do with credit card processing fees. From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59306200 So it looks like Amazon are trying to 'bribe' their customers to change their payment method? They can afford to give away money to encourage their customers to switch credit card provider, but can't swallow these increased fees themselves? I would hazard a guess that someone is going to make a killing by buying up shares in Visa right now, then when Amazon 'backtracks' and announces it is back on friendly terms with Visa, watch the share price increase again.
  21. Amazon Pay has been around for a while - the idea is that you can use the stored credit/debit card in your Amazon account to pay for goods elsewhere on the internet that support Amazon Pay at checkout. It still requires you to have a credit or debit card though. Amazon do charge merchants a 'fee' for this service, same as the likes of PayPal. Either way Amazon 'wins'. For products they sell themselves on Amazon marketplace, they make a profit. For products that other sellers sell on Amazon marketplace, Amazon collects commission 'fees'. (15%!) If buyers choose to go to other websites away from Amazon, and then make payment via Amazon Pay, then Amazon collects a fee from that merchant. The fucking tentacles are everywhere.
  22. I came across ths story elsewhere earlier this evening, and I actually found this a little baffling. I would hazard a guess that the VAST majority of Amazon shoppers in the UK pay for their goods by using a Visa credit card. I neither shop at Amazon on a regular basis, nor do I have any credit card (Visa, Mastercard or otherwise). As a seller on Amazon (at work), one thing I can tell you is that Amazon are very good at passing on such fees to their sellers - when France introduced their digital services tax a couple of years ago, Amazon very kindly announced to its Amazon France marketplace sellers that their commission fees would be subject to an increase, in order to offset this 'digital services tax'. So all that happened was that this new 'tax', that was designed to ensure that companies like Amazon paid their 'fair share' of tax, was passed on to sellers on that platform, in the form of increased fees. There will no doubt be some 'outrage' over this, and an amount of 'hand-wringing'. If Amazon customers can't pay with a VISA credit card, they stand to lose a large number of customers as a result. Of course this won't be allowed to happen, and I don't think it is going to happen, there'll be more to this that we don't know about.
  23. Sadly no, it's not been updated, I set up the site with the hope that others would contribute towards it, but apart from some great contributions from @Mitochondrial Eve, nobody else really seemed interested, and I didn't have the time myself to research and come up with good content.
  24. Sometimes, artists can drop hints about what is going on. In around 1995/96 (I forget the year now), Welsh Britpop band Super Furry Animals released a single "The Man Don't GIve A Fuck" which was based around a sample from the Steely Dan track "Showbiz Kids", itself a lament against the Hollywood and music industry elites. Here's both in full...
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