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Grumpy Owl

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  1. A protest took place in Birmingham city centre today, where protestors lay in Great Charles Queensway to "represent the 25 road deaths that occur in Birmingham every year". ‘Die-in’ protest held in busy Birmingham street after deaths in city from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/die-in-protest-held-busy-28524391 Just as an aside into the poor quality of local journalism, the above quote is copied verbatim. It was actually "Lordswood Road" in Harborne, not 'Ladywood Road', and this group held a 'protest' not a 'protect'. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I don't drive and have never owned a car, so just wanted to make my position clear. This particular group may appear to have noble intentions on the surface, but in reality they are very much 'anti-car' and 'anti-motorist'. It is always tragic when someone loses their life, but in many of these cases there is important context being missed. Yes, it is true that there are a number of idiots who choose to race around everywhere and ignore the Highway Code. It is also true that the word 'idiot' is now considered offensive and will result in your comment being 'deactivated' on Reach Plc sites for breaching their 'community guidelines'. However, in the grand scheme of things, is 25 that great a number? But my big question is how many of these 25 deaths were entirely preventable, if the victims had chosen to cross that particular road in a safer manner? Too often, we'll see some story in local news about some pedestrian being run over and either seriously injured or killed. But "what actually happened" will never get reported, so in most cases it remains a 'mystery'. I would hazard a guess that in most of these cases, this pedestrian has been maimed or killed through their own stupid fault, by attempting to cross a busy main road where or when it was clearly not safe to do so. I see it all the time, particularly in Sparkbrook near where I work, all along the Stratford Road, people are blindly walking out into moving traffic, despite a plethora of controlled pedestrian crossings, or central reservation refuges. And what alarms me most is people walking out into the road either carrying children, or dragging them by their hands. And then of course there are the 'smartphone zombies' who just casually step into the road while staring at their iPhones. So come on, lets have some truth please, how many of these pedestrian deaths were caused by their own carelessness rather than through any fault of the motorist? It sounds to me like this group are going about things the wrong way, maybe they should be doing more to educate and inform pedestrians on how to cross roads more safely, that would be a great way to reduce injuries and deaths. Sadly, I think this is just a front or a cover for a more 'anti-car' agenda.
  2. Or you can just "trust the plan" and hope for the best Alternatively, you go with your instincts and work out for yourself what you think is correct or not.
  3. Yes, but still, how do you know if the Deagal site is genuine or just another part of the 'psy-op' being played against the 'other side'? (ie 'us')
  4. How do you know that isn't another 'mind war'? (I presume you're referring to these 'Deagal forecasts' that people like to keep quoting?)
  5. I'm pretty sure that's all this is, "fear rhetoric". People stopped being frightened by 'Covid' news stories. People aren't being frightened by weather news stories any more. People aren't being sufficiently frightened by 'measles outbreak'. They are just really ramping up the fear of war and conflict. WW3 is already happening, but it is not a war involving soldiers and guns, it is a psychological 'mind war' being waged on all of us.
  6. And for balance, it's not just Labour-controlled councils who can't manage their finances properly... Dudley Council leaders ‘ignored early finance warnings’ from: https://www.halesowennews.co.uk/news/24078436.dudley-council-leaders-ignored-early-finance-warnings/
  7. It's not just in England either... WATCH: Ceredigion Cabinet back huge council tax rise as finance chief warns budget is 'biggest challenge yet' from: https://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/news/watch-ceredigion-cabinet-back-huge-council-tax-rise-as-finance-chief-warns-budget-is-biggest-challenge-yet-662270 Now I know that councils in Wales are slightly different, as they get their funding from the devolved Welsh government, rather than directly from the UK government. But still, I think you will find as this all gets 'buried' in 'local news', that a lot of councils around the UK are intending to raise their council tax bills by eye-watering amounts, and hoping they can get away with it by keeping this out of the national news. Perhaps if the Welsh Labour administration and its county councils would stop pissing away public money on vanity projects, or furthering Agenda 2030 goals, then there would be enough money to properly fund essential services without expecting hard-up taxpayers to make up the shortfall.
  8. They're really ramping up the fear rhetoric now... Britain must train citizen army, military chief warns from https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-68086188 I'm pretty sure we have enough armed forces to defend our little island, if they weren't all deployed all over the world fighting other peoples' battles. Of course it can be argued that our country is already being invaded, yet the invaders are being welcomed in. I'm reminded of when I was at secondary school, and the Gulf War broke out, there was a lot of fear and worry among my classmates, as the suggestion was being mooted that we were all of an age where we could end up getting 'called up'. Thankfully that never happened, but they were nervous times.
  9. There is so much crookedness and corruption about that it's difficult to know where to start. Sometimes its not about 'serving the next agenda'. Sometimes its as simple as millions of pounds of public money being wasted on stuff that was unnecessary, and the easiest way to turn 'overstock' back into 'cash' is for an 'unfortunate incident' to occur. Someone may have been arrested, they have been paid an amount of money for this incident to occur, they may have not known what was at stake.
  10. West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has been wanking himself into a frenzy again over the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) handing over millions of pounds of taxpayers money to private developers. Great work, thanks to the WMCA, "at least 20%" of these new homes will be 'affordable'. But what does this really tell us? 80% of these new properties are actually going to be 'unaffordable' to many people? So the big question to be asked is, who are these properties being built for? This country has a dire shortage of housing, fuelled somewhat by rampant runaway immigration, which means that demand for housing far outstrips the actual supply. What the country needs is cheap affordable housing. And lots of it. Yet all we ever hear about are loads of new developments springing up everywhere, of which only a very small proportion is ever classed as 'affordable'. But nobody will ever offer any definition of what 'affordable' actually means? Is it really something to 'cheer' about or celebrate, that so few 'new homes' being built are actually 'affordable' for the many people that would like to buy and own their own home? I find it quite embarrassing to be honest. - - - Yes, I know, we wouldn't be in this situation if governments had actually got a grip on immigration levels years ago like they said they would. But I still think we are going about things the wrong way, and not building what is actually needed. There are far too many 'luxury apartments' being built, and not enough 'affordable' homes.
  11. Sounds like an insurance job to me. Or something being covered up. Wonder how many "essential pieces of PPE" they still had sitting around?
  12. I saw something about this a while back, and if it is correct then it does throw up some interesting speculation. "Big Oil" is keen to let everyone know that 'fossil fuels' are a resource that is limited, and if this resource is 'running out' then it is going to become 'more expensive'. It's also interesting that in the "race to net zero", Governments around the world are no longer permitting exploration of 'new' oil and gas reserves. That would sound about right, if gas and oil was actually a natural 'self-replacing' resource that was in readily plentiful supply. The 'lifeblood of the planet', so to speak. Think of it this way, what is the most bountiful and plentiful resource that is available on the surface of this planet? Yes, that's right, water. Water was long ago turned into a "marketable commodity", that could be put into bottles and 'branded'. Then they told us that water was only "safe to drink" if they 'treated' it with loads of chemicals. We're all being encouraged to "use less plastic" yet there are more plastic products than ever before. Plastic carrier bags used to be 'free' for shoppers, because they are so cheap to produce. Big corporate giants worked out that they could make more profit from consumers by tricking them into believing they 'needed' to pay more for a bag to, you know, carry away the goods/produce that they had just bought. Just in the last couple of years, I have seen the charge for plastic carrier bags increase from zero to 5p, then 10p, then 50p now £1 in some cases! And some of the big corporate fuckers are charging you good money for paper bags now! Yes, I do think there is a massive piss-take going on.
  13. It's interesting how Reach Plc publications are nothing more than endless regurgitators of whatever press releases the Met Office put out. It actually amuses me that headlines often mention the Met Office 'issuing a warning/verdict' or 'breaking their silence' or even 'announcing exact dates'. Yeh yeh I know it's just click-bait crap, but with the frequency of these stories being churned out by the desperate Reach bloggers, it seems that the Met Office don't actually stay silent for very long! The other thing that amuses me is that while Reach journos desperately copy and paste Met Office blogs into their churn of articles, it is important to remember that the BBC dropped the Met Office as their source of weather information a while ago, due to concerns about the reliability of their forecasting. The Met Office is just the 'weather propaganda' arm of the UK government now, with their incessant fear-mongering and 'warnings' regardless of whether the weather is good or bad. How long before a nice calm and pleasant day has to come with a 'warning' of some kind? "Moving into Tuesday this week, there is a severe risk of hazy sunshine and a gentle breeze, and a warning that there might be no rain" If the general propaganda arm of the government distrusts the Met Office, then why should we trust them? And why are so many other media outlets so beholden to them?
  14. Yes, you're completely right, there is always an element of 'unconscious bias' present. I remember now working for a company and we were recruiting for a new driver for our local garage deliveries. While I wasn't involved in the interview process myself, I did briefly meet the three candidates, as they turned up at our shop and handed their CVs to me, and I did then get to see them when they turned up for their interviews. Two blokes, one of which didn't have much of a chance as he barely spoke English, and a fairly attractive woman. She ended up getting the job, with my gaffer admitting to me "with those tits, the garages will be ordering from us just so she will be turning up to deliver". Yes, a very sexist attitude, but at the time my boss' reasoning was sort of correct. Unfortunately it did end up backfiring badly, while garages started ordering more from us just so the 'lads' could have a 'flirt' with our driver, she had to be sacked when she was found to be stealing from us, for a garage manager she was having an affair with. As the old saying goes, "you shouldn't always judge a book by it's cover".
  15. How about us "people in Europe" stick up two fingers and say "fuck you" - we're not prepared to fight these wars you keep starting. It's quite ironic, there would probably be a lot more peace if it wasn't for these organisations such as NATO or the UN.
  16. Ah, so it's all becoming obvious now... Channel migrants given right to work in UK from: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/01/19/channel-migrants-given-right-to-work/ The article is paywalled, so I can't see the rest of it, but it comes as no surprise really. You can be sure that as well as 'care, construction and agriculture', the list of sectors will include "all the other shitty jobs" that the native British people don't want to do, not for a fairly decent salary anyway. Now we understand why all the Tory rhetoric of "stopping the boats" was just that, empty rhetoric, and why our Government was simply not interested in doing so, and why the 'Rwanda scheme' was doomed to failure. Here you are, your new slave-labour class, being imported into our country to fill all the low-skilled, low wage jobs that were previously filled by desperate EU immigrants.
  17. Worth just adding here that Labour's mayoral candidate won't blame councils in this region because the majority of them are Labour controlled. But it doesn't really matter which party controls a council, their paid civil service staff are riddled with Common Purpose change-agents, either actively pushing their Agenda 2030 goals, or 'dipping their hands in the till' by siphoning off public money into the pockets of their fellow CP graduates.
  18. Councils 'not to blame' for financial woes from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cz79e337xrxo Nice dodge there, typical of a Labour politician to just simply 'blame' the current Conservative government. Birmingham city council effectively declared itself 'bankrupt' last year, while Coventry, Sandwell and Dudley councils are also admitting they are struggling to fill shortfalls in their budgets, and are close to finding themselves in the same position. As pointed out in the quote above, councils receive funding from the government but are "ultimately responsible for their own finances". So why are councils in financial trouble? The main reason is that they like to waste money. Instead of prioritising the 'core' services they need to provide - things like road repairs, refuse collections etc - those services are the first to be cut-back, so that money can be spent on pointless vanity projects, or those things being demanded by the UN Agenda 2030 goals. For example, Birmingham spent millions of pounds creating new cycle lanes (that hardly anyone uses), while there are hundreds of miles of other roads crumbling away. So Mr Parker I disagree with you here, councils are in financial trouble because they have no sense of fiscal responsibility, and simply don't understand the concept of "living within your means". And it should not be up to the taxpayer to pay the price for feckless spending policies by increasing council tax.
  19. The garden sort of faces south-east. It gets a lot more sun during the day, since my landlord had the conifers removed last year!
  20. Something I observed yesterday, is that it is definitely colder than the weather forecasters are saying it is. This is going to sound a bit bizarre but it starts early last month, just before we had the first lot of 'freezing weather'. I bought some stuff for my bird bath, which is safe for birds and animals, and supposedly stops it freezing over down to minus 6C. I wrote a bit of a bad review as my bird bath froze solid when it was supposedly -1C outside, according to the Weather Channel. Anyway, same thing happened again yesterday, my bird bath was freezing even with this stuff added to it in the correct measurement, though according to weather forecasts it was 3C here in Birmingham yesterday afternoon. So I took a little digital clock I have, which has a thermometer inside, and left it outside for a while. I went to check on it at 5pm, and was amazed to see it showing -4.5C on the display. I checked on the Weather Channel website, and it was saying that Birmingham was 1C. Now of course, I know full well that Birmingham is a large city, and temperatures will vary depending on where you are. It supposedly got as 'warm' as 4C today, yet when I got home this evening after work, my lawn was still 'crispy' to walk on, and the birdbath was still frozen solid. This got me thinking about whether the forecasters are inflating the temps to hide how cold it actually is, which would mean then that during the warmer months, the temps will appear to be 'hotter' than it actually is. Or maybe its the other way around, I don't know. Either way, I do believe that the last few days have been colder here than the weather websites have been saying it was.
  21. It might of course simply be the case that there was 'nothing to see here', and that the mainstream media had focused so much on this story just to whip up such 'amateur sleuths' and 'content creators', who at the end of the day were just capitalising on the YouTube 'industry' which allows them to make money from videos that others watch. I don't know really, and I don't claim to have all the answers, but I do note that people regularly still post in the Nicola Bulley thread, yet nothing 'concrete' ever emerges, just more supposition and theories, with little evidence to back them up. One thing I will give RDH credit for, is that he doesn't seek 'clicks' for advertising, and doesn't put out endless streams of 'update' tidbits. When he finds a story worth investigating, he thoroughly investigates it and compiles and presents the evidence he finds. One thing he cannot be accused of is 'churning'.
  22. I didn't mean you personally of course. It is not beyond the realms of probability that there could be man-made tech that can manipulate the weather systems. But it is more likely - in my opinion - that there are natural weather cycles influenced by solar activity - that happen every so number of years - that certain people would very much love to attribute to man-made climate change, just so they can push and further their agendas. In fact, I believe it is far more dangerous to be artificially manipulating the weather, after all, nature 'finds a way' to balance things out naturally. Ebb and flow. Cool and warm. Tip that balance, and who knows what catastrophic consequences you might incur.
  23. There's a thread here for the whole Nicola Bulley thing if people want to explore and discuss this further: I don't blame RDH for not actively getting involved with this story, I do still think there is something suspicious going on, however I have reached a point myself where a number of people have just taken the opportunity to just start unloading a load of speculation, some of it unfounded, and it is the kind of baseless speculation and distraction that just makes genuine 'conspiracy theorists' look silly and unhinged. And then in a kind of reverse 'turn-about', this just then undermines all of the good work that people like RDH have done over the years, now that it seems anyone can become an 'amateur sleuth' posting videos on YouTube.
  24. Eh? Penkridge woman's voice changes to Geordie accent overnight from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-67994919 This poor woman is just 26? I don't mean to come across as judgemental, but she doesn't look it, I'd say from the amount of plastic surgery she would appear to have had, she does look like the kind of person who does have some self-esteem or mental issues. Don't dismiss it, this kind of stuff does have impacts subliminally.
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