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Grumpy Owl

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  1. I just remembered, remote desktop access is only possible with the Professional Windows editions, if you have a Windows Home edition, you wouldn't be able to access it remotely.
  2. I agree completely! Self-serve checkouts are fine if you only have a small basket of items, and yes it should be about choice, rather than imposing these things on shoppers. When I used to shop at my local Asda in Kings Heath, it was more convenient for me, with a few items in my basket, to use the self-service checkouts (the ones that were working at least!) rather than waiting in line behind people emptying full trolleys at the manned checkouts. But in many other shops, I do prefer to wait in line and be served by an actual human being.
  3. In all honesty, I don't think so. Just another bunch of 'gatekeepers', controlled opposition, shills for the Establishment, whatever you want to refer to them as. I'm seeing parallels with what happened with UKIP a few years ago, just before the EU referendum. And it's no coincidence that Nigel Farage is involved with them. It's also no coincidence that Farage is once again cosying up to Trump over in the USA. I don't trust them at all, and the fact that the media are giving them attention and airtime also arouses suspicions.
  4. For Windows, you may as well use its own Remote Desktop Connection app, it's a direct connection and not being routed through any other third-party. For security reasons though, it is best to change the default listening port (don't use 3389!), and set up port forwarding correctly in your router, as well as use a strong password. At home, my PC runs Linux, and I use the Remmina client to connect remotely to my Windows PC at work when I'm working at home. It's almost like having two PCs!
  5. Meanwhile in Birmingham, which is currently in the grip of technocrats looking to sell off assets and increase council tax burden in order to balance the books, new local news outlet the Birmingham Dispatch has today produced the first of what should be a 'revealing' look into what went wrong. Again, they won't mention the "Common Purpose effect" but it all sounds eerily familiar: The ‘pincer manoeuvre’: How secretive leadership and warring staff led Birmingham to the abyss from: https://www.birminghamdispatch.co.uk/p/the-pincer-manoeuvre-how-secretive Of course, the Common Purpose stooges will themselves lie and deny all allegations made against them, especially when they have been called out. Under normal circumstances, they can just issue a 'press release' to their fellow stooges in the local or national media, who will of course just parrot said press release without question or scrutiny. My emphasis in bold. Finally, someone gets this!
  6. It's one of those things that I can actually 'partially' agree with. from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/cost-of-living/dwp-confirms-full-list-dates-28677547 Let's face it, £8.3bn is a hell of a lot of money. That's YOUR hard-earned money taken from you in taxes, being given to people who in many cases 'choose' not to work, because the handouts are so generous. The whole benefits system has been designed to be easily 'rigged'. I think it might be the case that a lot of 'fraud' has been committed by people who have been 'advised' on how to 'game the system'. Good honest people who suddenly find themselves out of work and having to 'sign on' to receive jobseeker's allowance or income support, have to endure a rigorous grilling and jump through hoops, just to get a pittance in return. While it would seem that many people are somehow able to get all manner of benefits thrown at them, and live in a manner that may not be luxurious, but means that gainful employment becomes somehow 'beneath' them. Of course, you can then 'supplement' your state income by doing all sorts of 'sidelines', whether that is cash-in-hand work, or other less-illicit means. While I don't live there, I do work in Sparkbrook, supposedly one of the 'most deprived' areas of Birmingham, where a high percentage of residents are in receipt of benefits and handouts. Yet remarkably, most people there seem to be able to afford brand new cars, and be able to pay for extensions and improvements to their homes. And the numerous cafes and takeaways are never short of customers either. It doesn't add up. But on the other hand, yes I get what you're alluding to here, there is a precedent being set, whereby institutions can request and gain access to your bank account details. It's not nice and not ideal, but at the end of the day, if you have nothing to hide, then you have nothing to worry about surely?
  7. I have been following The Sandwell Skidder for a couple of years now, and while he never specifically mentions Common Purpose, a lot of what he writes about, detailing the corrupt and crooked activities at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands, does bear all the hallmarks of Common Purpose and what they get up to, as well as how they cover for each other. I thought I'd highlight a couple of his recent posts as 'cases in point'. The first one is a bit of a lengthy read, you may not be familiar with the Sandwell area and some of the names/people mentioned, and you don't need to be. Nasty Sandwell Scumbag, Paul Reeves, gets suspended jail sentence https://thesandwellskidder.blogspot.com/2024/01/nasty-sandwell-scumbag-paul-reeves-gets.html Remember folks, these Common Purpose 'change agents' are EVERYWHERE, in the civil service (local AND national), the police, the judiciary, and the media. And what they do is 'look after their own'. And you can add to that list above the whole education system, in particular all these 'academy groups' that have sprung up in recent years. Another interesting post highlights that this level of ineptitude, corruption and crookedness is not solely the domain of Labour-controlled councils. Your democratically-elected councillors are NOT the ones actually in control of your local council any more! Four (Tories) Go Mad in Dorset! https://thesandwellskidder.blogspot.com/2024/02/four-tories-go-mad-in-dorset.html There was a time when councillors and indeed MPs were elected on the basis of representing their constituents, and it used to be the case that any prospective candidate had to actually live in that area. In some councils, the corruption and influence of Common Purpose would appear to extend beyond its 'paid civil service' and into cliques of councillors themselves. The following post highlights this, as well as how connections are made between local authorities, following on from the above post. Labour's "Sperminator" ejaculated! https://thesandwellskidder.blogspot.com/2024/02/labours-sperminator-ejaculated.html
  8. Yes, NAS (network attached storage) drives are quite popular, and many can be configured so you can access them remotely. I've not come across Google Remote before to be honest, though if it's by Google then I'd instantly distrust it.
  9. Keep en eye on Rochdale... Rochdale: Is this the most chaotic by-election ever? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-68375450 This will be a kind of 'test-run' I feel... And there was me thinking that UK MPs were elected to represent their constituents, not people in some far-flung place. Let's face it, this is just another "communist party". And does anyone get tired of hearing people being urged to vote for someone/something just to "send a message". It doesn't fucking work! They never get the message. You have to vote for someone/something that you believe will win and actually change things for the better.
  10. Yes, that is true - a staff-manned checkout is always going to be far more efficient, simply because a trained checkout operator is more experienced at scanning items from a motorised conveyor belt, than your average shopper is. To be fair, at least the big supermarkets actually designed their self-service checkouts the best they could, though you'd be there forever if you had a full trolley of groceries. What always galled me was in stores like Wilko and Matalan, where their idea of creating self-service checkouts was to simply rotate the EPOS machine on the counter so that it faced the customer. Unless you only had one or two items, you just didn't have any space to work in. It just became an awkward and off-putting experience. I get most of my groceries from Iceland - thankfully they resisted the move towards self-service and still have manned tills. Everything else I need I get from my local Nisa or other independent supermarkets, I don't think they are really that much more expensive than Tesco, Sainsburys et al despite the media propaganda and advertising.
  11. But it turns out to be bullshit. I don't doubt that some parts of the UK might see some snow, as has happened in recent weeks, but here in Birmingham, we're still waiting for this 'snow bomb' to hit, and looking at the Weather Channel forecast, it's looking extremely unlikely this will happen: It's just fear-mongering click-bait, hence the use of 'terrifying'. On the plus side, at least our gardens are getting a good soaking, which tells me that we could be in line for another long hot summer this year, we can but hope! Which sadly also means that within a matter of weeks, we'll no doubt start seeing the fear-mongering 'heatwave' headlines start to appear...
  12. It's funny that, because most of the 'tabloid headlines' are all formed from press releases put out by the, er, Met Office. It's almost laughable that the Met Office feels the need to debunk it's own fake news.
  13. Politics is all a 'puppet show', and it has just become another form of 'entertainment for the masses'. The "other things going on in the background" have been the social engineering and behavioural manipulation of the general public by the mainstream media, who have been conditioned into believing that they are "fed up" with this Tory government, and that it is "time for change" which 'only Labour can deliver'. I don't know about this clause on Brexit, but it wouldn't take much for Labour to bury details about this somewhere in its party manifesto, and then distract voters by focusing on things like 'funding public services and the NHS'. The trouble is that many voters never bother to read the full details of party manifestos, and they do so at their peril. You get what you vote for - whatever is detailed in that manifesto, if that party wins, then it rightfully claims to have a 'mandate from the people' to carry it out, even if less than half the electorate actually voted for it. I do find it interesting regarding these two by-elections that even the BBC doesn't bother to give a mention to the LibDems or Greens, but does give attention to Reform UK.
  14. 'Confusing' signage at junction where sergeant died from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c3g0z2rx71vo As I always say, it's always tragic when someone loses their life, but in this case, no matter how they try to spin this and direct blame elsewhere, this chap died as a result of their own stupidity/carelessness. My emphasis in bold, that tells you all you need to know. These pedestrian crossing point signals are hardly 'confusing'. Red man = do not cross Green man = you can cross The obvious thing that pedestrians should be looking at is the crossing signal lights. Then when the signal turns green, indicating it is safe to cross, look and make sure the traffic has come to a stop before entering the carriageway, yes there's always that one idiot who decides to ignore the stop light. You'd think the police would know better...
  15. Actually, a lot of agriculture did move abroad, thanks to the EEC then the EU, it became cheaper to import food from the EU as it cost less than to produce it in the UK. Don't forget the EU 'farm subsidies' to UK farmers was a form of 'compensation', but was really just paying them to scale down their own production, so as not to upset the EU farmers. Leaving the EU should have opened up new opportunities for our farms and fisheries, by allowing them to ramp up production and thus reduce our need to import so much, and would have also created a whole load of new jobs in the process, thus giving our own unemployed new opportunities. Money that was being 'sent to the EU', and then paid back to farmers and landowners in subsidies, could have been used to fund grants for farmers, to invest in equipment, recruitment and training etc. Instead, someone thought it would be a 'better idea' instead, to pay farmers to 'rewild' their land, or allow huge solar panel farms to be installed on them. The population is growing though, while the amount of useable farmland dwindles, and we become ever more reliant on imports.
  16. Here in Birmingham (UK), the odd thing is that many of the old tower blocks dating back to the 1960s/1970s, in particular those out in the suburbs of the city, are being demolished, as part of 'regeneration projects', which see them replaced with a smaller number of 'new homes'. At the same time, in the city centre area, there are a great number of new 'towers' being built, containing hundreds of what are usually described as 'luxury apartments', and very few of which get classified as 'affordable'. I've mentioned here before my observations of both the 'finished article' as well as what is usually proposed in such development plans. These blocks have at ground level what are billed as 'retail or leisure offerings', which usually means there is a gym, as well as a convenience store and a couple of cafes/takeaways. I had a need to travel to Coventry the other weekend, and while I was there in the city centre, again there are a large number of towers that have been built. Interestingly, there's a lot of accommodation for students being built there. And funnily enough I walked past one building which I assume is a few years old now, and while it houses students on the upper floors, on the ground level there is... yes you guessed it, a 'Tesco Express' convenience store, as well as a fully equipped gym. Is this somehow all part of the 'conditioning' or social engineering? When they graduate from university, is this all that students will aspire to?
  17. It doesn't take a genius to work out that politics is not so much controlled as 'rigged'. It's almost beyond certainty that Labour will 'win' the next General Election, to feed the narrative that a 'fed up electorate have voted for change'. Far from it though, Labour will win the most votes from a minority of the electorate that can be bothered to vote, expect a record low turnout. But it is interesting you mention an 'Islamic Party'. I remember watching a video a while back from David Kurten, about attempts to register such a party with the Electoral Commission, which had been unsuccessful due to poor spelling and grammar and failing other requirements. The recent Gaza/Israel conflict has highlighted a very real division within the Labour party and its members. Starmer's failure to stand up to the Friends Of Israel lobbyists could potentially see much of their core voter base, ie Muslims, happily give their vote to any new party that pledged to 'free Palestine' in its manifesto. If some 'Islamic Party' could get approved by the Electoral Commission and established ahead of the next General Election, I think we could be in for a surprise - and if so I would doubt that Starmer would even last one term.
  18. Sadly it would seem that many people would be far more interested in fighting for some other far flung country (Palestine, Ukraine etc) than their own.
  19. Yes, all this mentoring/coaching business is about training or programming people to operate and behave in a certain way - ie to follow and serve a particular agenda. But at its core, that's what Common Purpose is all about itself, recruiting and training 'leaders without boundaries', using NLP techniques to condition people into new mindsets. No doubt one thing these 'business leaders' will be taught is exactly how to apply for and receive funding for their "social enterprises, community-owned businesses, cooperatives and charity trading arms", whatever they actually are. Lets break down the above figures. A total of £1.7m "package of support". For 160 'business leaders'. That's £10,625 each. And that's just for "peer learning and for one-to-one coaching and mentoring". Nice work if you can get it. The dead giveaway is the purpose of what the 'coaching/mentoring' is for: to "grow their organisations, become more sustainable and widen the impact they have in addressing inequalities." It's all about the "woke agenda", or fulfilling the communitarian aims of Common Purpose.
  20. One thing Common Purpose like to do is "misappropriate public funds" and deliver it into the pockets of their agents, stooges and cronies. Rather strangely, despite Birmingham City Council ending up bankrupt as a result of overspending on the Commonwealth Games, and Sandwell council being on the brink, there is apparently a 'legacy fund' that has been established as a result of an overall 'underspend' on those Games in 2022. from: https://www.wmca.org.uk/news/1-7m-of-funding-for-community-led-businesses/ If this isn't a way of nicely siphoning off taxpayers money into the back pockets of those 'chosen ones' who have their snouts firmly in the trough, then I don't know what it is. First of all, is there really such a thing as an 'underspend'? Where did all this money to 'spend' on the Commonwealth Games come from? A hypothetical scenario here: I'm thinking about upgrading my kitchen, and I've set aside an amount of money to pay for it, I have a budget in mind as to what I can afford. Lets just say I've got a budget of £15,000. Some astute buying and planning decisions result in my new kitchen costing me £11,000. Nice! £4000 than I was expecting to pay. So have I 'underspent' by £4000, or 'saved' £4000? In the minds of Common Purpose, what I should do with that £4000 is to just give it away to random strangers on the street, rather than just put it back into my savings. I often see posts from WM Mayor Andy Street boasting about "putting cash on the table" for some project or other, but too many people don't realise this is "your money", ie taxpayers money, being doled out left, right and centre. What exactly are "leaders of social enterprises, community-owned businesses, cooperatives and charity trading arms"? Common Purpose stooges? "sharpen their key business skills through peer learning and for one-to-one coaching and mentoring to help them grow their organisations, become more sustainable and widen the impact they have in addressing inequalities." Yawn, "sustainable" and "addressing inequalities", phrases dismissed by many as 'woke nonsense', but that's what this is about, Common Purpose change agents delivering the UN Agenda 2030 goals, and enriching themselves financially in the process.
  21. Same 'hidden hand'. Hermes were a shit delivery company, they changed their name to 'Evri' ("rebranded" themselves), and they're still the same shit delivery company.
  22. That's the quandary. No-one in their right mind would ever admit to being a Sabbatean, so all we can do is rely on other researcher's diligent work, or draw our own conclusions. It would appear that the US is 'running the show' on the surface, but it's president and government are merely puppets of what David Icke used to call this 'hidden hand'.
  23. Thanks, I saw this story too. It wasn't shared by the rest of the country though, and it's not such a 'freak occurrence after all'. From that article: And there's an explanation given too: Nice weather if you can get it, for this time of year! Oh come on, 19C isn't "really hot", that's got to be an exaggeration.
  24. Ben Davidson of Suspicious Observers has been predicting and reporting on earthquakes for several years, I'm curious as to why Piers Corbyn is jumping on this bandwagon now.
  25. Not 'Sabbatean Jews', just 'Sabbateans' Most just coincidentally happen to be 'Jewish' as well. And that works out nice for them because if anybody ever dares criticise or point out what they're up to, they can immediately get shut down by cries of 'anti-semitism'. I'm pretty sure we'll also find Sabbateans who 'masquerade' as Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Roman Catholics or even atheists.
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