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  1. 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.

  2. 19 hours ago, GregC said:

    You say move onto public transport, what public transport? Over the past few years us country folk have seen tons of bus routes cut leaving many stranded. A strategy to get people to move into the cities? 

     

    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.

  3. On 11/10/2021 at 9:14 PM, GregC said:

    I heard that we will have completely eliminated petrol/diesel cars by 2030, bit soon is it not? I thought it was like 2040 when we will stop using diesel/petrol cars?

     

    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.

  4. 8 hours ago, Duewy said:

    It would be useful to have actual reports that show the virus has or has not been isolated and identified.

     

    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:

    Why spike changes are important

  5. "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? 🤔

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  6. 10 hours ago, Fifth element said:

    The author allegedly Neil M Ferguson reminds the recipients of this Memorandum that is was crucial to remain on track and for all of them to remember our common purpose behind this. For the population being subjected to this alleged rouse a Serious Question must be answered - what is the common purpose?

     

    🤔

  7. On 11/24/2021 at 11:01 AM, Mr H said:

    Lots of articles about Boris lately, MPs having no confidence of him. Wonder if the Cabal are planning to bring in a new guy/gal to run their show?

     

    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.

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  8. 14 hours ago, DarianF said:

     

    Have you got an official submission guide for potential contributors?

     

    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.

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  9. 1 hour ago, Truthspoon said:

    I'm pretty sure Bitcoin is an Illuminati invention....

     

    Just the old cunt is out of the loop.....

     

    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? 😄

  10. On 11/11/2021 at 11:51 PM, DoTheScience said:

    I've looked at Amazon, IBAN, Swift? What's that? I just get a card to my address with a sort code and bank number and that's it but I'm shut out of my bank otherwise. They keep changing my passwords and things so I have no access. I can't afford to fly to India to find that stuff out.

     

    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.

     

  11. 4 hours ago, eddy64 said:

    think amazon and places like paypal are offering their own credit services to boost profits,  more gold pressed latinum for them.

     

    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.

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  12. 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...

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  13. 6 minutes ago, Firestarter said:

    Then what is wrong?!?

     

    I've posted several URLs to images (in between "[IMG]" tags like I'm used on other forums) that don't hotlink.

    I've also posted Youtube videos (without anything other than the URL) that won't embed...

     

    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)

  14. On 11/15/2021 at 4:24 PM, Human10 said:

    Shifting to a four-day, 32-hour working week with no loss of pay would shrink the UK’s carbon footprint by 127 million tonnes per year. This represents a reduction of 21.3% - more than the entire carbon footprint of Switzerland and equivalent to taking 27 million cars off the road (effectively the entire UK private car fleet).

     

    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.

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  15. 5 minutes ago, CrowintheSnow said:

    I know what's coming or at least I think I do. Unvaxxed may be totally prevented from entering stores.  Not happening yet but just wait.

    Online deliveries are necessary for anyone who can't go to a store. Cut out millions of people from accessing these services, and they are thrown into either HAVING to go to some kind of shop/store, or getting another card.

    What does the former mean? In many cases it might mean being pushed into getting vaccinated?

    Thank goodness I don't have a Visa credit card.

    Whatever people might feel about Amazon, they are bloody useful for anyone who just wants something and doesn't want to, or can't go to the shops.

    I feel the net is tightening around us all in so many different ways.

     

    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.

  16. 8 hours ago, Golden Retriever said:

     

    Is Visa out of favour or in difficulty in the UK because First Direct Bank (part of HSBC) changed from Visa to Mastercard this year.

     

    "First Direct has signed a multi-year debit card agreement with Mastercard, switching from Visa at the start of 2021.

    First Direct has around 1.5 million customers, and has become the fourth bank in the UK to sign a debit card agreement

    with Mastercard. The processing giant also provides cards for Santander, Metro Bank, and Starling Bank"

     

    https://www.fintechfutures.com/2020/08/mastercard-signs-debit-card-deal-with-first-direct/

     

     

     

     

    It's all to do with credit card processing fees.

     

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59306200

     

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    An Amazon spokesperson said the dispute was to do with "pretty egregious" price rises from Visa over a number of years with no additional value to its service.

    Amazon is offering £20 for Prime customers to switch from using Visa to an alternative payment method, and £10 for other customers, if they have a Visa cards as their default or only payment method on their account.

     

    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?

     

    Quote

    Visa shares ended Wednesday's New York trading day down by 4.7%.

     

    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.

     

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  17. 1 minute ago, Anti Facts Sir said:

    Yeah, isn't there a thing called "Amazon Pay" they were trialling? All your online shopping, or the stuff at amazon-accredited stores - could be done via these new method.

     

    I suppose a bit like Paypal or whatever.

     

    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.

  18. 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.

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  19. 5 hours ago, ConspiracyTruths.co.uk said:

    Good resources here, I will link this from my covid index page assuming you are happy for me to do so? Is it still being updated?

     

    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.

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  20. 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...

     

     

     

     

     

  21. 12 hours ago, jack121 said:

    Do you think his soul is burning in torment,  his concionous pricking at him every night as he tries to sleep, the billions dying or being injured by the vaccine, the oppression of the nwo, mass genocide

     

    Nope

     

    12 hours ago, jack121 said:

    or maybe he just dosen't give a fuck.

     

    Probably not.

     

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