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Grumpy Owl

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  1. They tried that one already, the "homes for Ukrainians" scheme was a 'softener', and it was followed by calls for people to let other immigrants into their homes, which didn't really take off. Maybe they'll try it again though? Or maybe there are enough private landlords (individual and companies) already that are snapping up properties on the cheap as soon as they come onto the market so they can rent them out to local authorities so they can house such immigrants and get money from our government?
  2. This is why these kinds of projects cost so much now and take so long to deliver. Before shovels are even put in the ground, hundreds of thousands of pounds have to be spent on 'consultancy', 'research' and 'preparing reports'. And that's on top of paying architects to actually design anything. Before the project even gets underway, you have a whole army of managers, executives and other such bureaucrats drawing a fine salary, just so they can 'oversee' and 'micro-manage' the project. One day, I'd like to get the opportunity to peruse over one project's accounts, just to understand what was actually spent on materials and labour, compared to administration and 'marketing' costs. That's when you'll realise where your money is going. Most of it is just being siphoned off. Is it any wonder why so many councils now are finding themselves 'cash-strapped'?
  3. Following my above comment: But not in Birmingham or the Black Country it seems! (For the benefit of non-UK readers, the Black Country is the area west of Birmingham that includes Dudley, Wolverhampton, Walsall and West Bromwich)
  4. It's the Jet Stream. It undulates in a wave around the northern hemisphere, where it 'dips down' it pulls more colder air down from the Arctic, where it dips up, then it pulls more warmer air from the equator. It is affected by solar activity, which there is a lot of recently, and that causes the jet stream to undulate more. That's what gives us 'extreme weather'. The solar cycle lasts around 11 years, which we're currently in around the middle of. In another few years, solar activity will have dropped and the jet stream will be more 'stable'. That's your 'climate change' right there. As for the UK, well it's a bit cold right now, and some more northern parts are experiencing some snow disruption. But here in the West Midlands, it looks like it will stay dry for the next few days so no snow here!
  5. It's funny you say this. I'm at a point now where I'm quite happy to be slightly inebriated by myself at home, but I really don't like being amongst other 'drunk people' out in public.
  6. Britain is failing because we no longer value selecting "the best people for the job", instead our big companies and corporations feel they need to satisfy 'diversity quotas' by recruiting people who are not qualified or experienced enough, but muh, "the message" and all that. The post office scandal is a different issue I believe, in that the failings were down to a flawed accounting/ERP system rather than any individual failings. When "being really good at your job" is valued less than your gender, skin colour or sexual orientation, it's no surprise that this country is in the mess that it is in.
  7. As others have already said, I think we have to be careful about what we 'predict'. While we should be 'mindful' of what is going on, ultimately we all manifest reality by ourselves. As the old saying goes, "be careful what you wish for".
  8. Yes, there was a time when I used to "drink to get pissed" and I'm sure many people did the same. Out of some sort of societal obligation, that one must consume vast amounts of alcohol, in order to be 'having a good time'. However I take a different viewpoint now, I do still drink alcoholic beverages at home by myself. But I find now that the intention is not to get 'blind drunk', at most I might expect to get 'mildly sozzled', depending on the day of the week. Sometimes, once I've had a couple, that's when I find myself in my best form for writing, coming up with new thoughts and ideas. The saying as it goes is "alcohol loosens the tongue" which maybe true. But maybe, in small doses, it also 'lubricates the mind'. My earliest encounters with 'conspiracy theories' came about through discussions in my old local pub with some older folks, and a fair few beers were consumed between us at the time.
  9. Kids, amazing how quick they grow up these days! He does look more like 26 to be honest. When I was in my last year of secondary school, I don't remember anyone sporting beards like that, apart maybe from some of the Sikh lads, us white lads maybe had a bit of 'bumfluff' to contend with! Fair play to him though, I did read the other day that ITV are now keen to jump on the 'popularity bandwagon' by reviving the old TV game show 'Bullseye' - clearly somebody somewhere also has a surplus job-lot of speedboats and tea-makers to get rid of.
  10. Yawn, that is clearly NOT the same David Icke. I lose count of the number of times that link has been posted on this forum.
  11. The 'cure' for anxiety is to identify what it is that makes you anxious, and then deal with it. Sorry but drugs and other 'remedies' only deal with the 'symptoms' of anxiety, and in some cases can lead to further complications, but they never deal with the underlying cause. Answer the question "what makes you anxious?" and that is your starting point. Once you have identified the cause of your anxiety, then you have two options to deal with it. 1) Stop doing or avoid whatever it is that causes your anxiety 2) Conquer your fear by facing up to it, tackle whatever it is that you're afraid of, then once you're no longer afraid then you won't be anxious Anxiety is a psychological issue, a reaction to any type of fear. In my opinion, it is not something that can be 'cured' or treated using drugs or medication. Of course, if you were to see a doctor or GP about this condition then naturally that will be the first thing they prescribe, and then they've got you for life. Therapy might help, but rather than pay a lot of money to sit and talk with a 'shrink', perhaps talk with family or friends instead? I read a lot about how so many young people these days have 'anxiety issues', and I'm not surprised by this, because it seems that our education systems, as well as their own parental guidance, are not adequately preparing them for dealing with the 'real world' once they leave school/college/university. It's all psychological. Good mental health and wellbeing leads to good physical health and wellbeing. If you are fearful and afraid of everything, then you are more easily psychologically manipulated. When I was much younger, I was very shy, quiet and reserved. It still surprises me now how confident and outspoken I have become in the last ten years or so.
  12. Yes, there's definitely a feeling that civilised society is crumbling around us. Young kids deliberately setting fire to buses or throwing bricks through the windows. Kids stabbing each other over petty 'postcode squabbles'. It's not just kids though. We have grown adults doing this too. Many people feel like they 'need' to live in a soap opera reality, so they do things to cause 'drama'. People driving around like maniacs with no thought or regard to other motorists, or even cyclists and pedestrians. Of course, pedestrians don't do themselves any favours by doing silly things like walking out into busy traffic without looking. Talentless social media narcissists are lauded as 'influencers' or even 'celebrities'. People are more generally becoming dumber. They can't be bothered to read or even do a little bit of simple research (ie, 'use Google search'), they just ask silly questions and demand immediate answers. And when things go wrong, it's always "somebody else's fault", never theirs. And everything has become 'inverted'. Criminals are now treated as 'victims', while the actual victims of crime are made to believe that what happened was somehow their fault. ("Your car wouldn't have been stolen if you'd bought a steering wheel lock" etc) Unfortunately it would take an enormous effort to try and somehow reverse this decline.
  13. Anyone else think the media are milking this story to just provoke some 'classic' English vs Welsh tensions? Brummies backed after 'vomit-inducing accent' note https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-67958960 There's been absolutely no context given as to why this 'note' was even left in the first place. but it has been worthy enough to justify a lengthy police investigation into it being considered a 'hate crime'. The note itself looks a bit suspicious to me, being so well written out. I just find it strange that Welsh people would be so hostile towards English people, while at the same time their own government is actively trying to replace the native Welsh population with 'refugees' and 'immigrants' from other countries. In our defence, at least us 'yam yams' from the West Midlands move to Wales or take holidays there and contribute something towards the Welsh economy. Which is more than can be said for the ever-growing number of foreign freeloaders that the Welsh government are accepting into the country. At what point will the native Welsh people realise that the English are not their enemy?
  14. The Saudis have been waging war on the Yemenis for a few years now, all under the guise of "taking on the Houthi rebels", and of course bombing the shit out of them using weapons supplied by, yes you guessed it, the UK government. Our governments are controlled by big companies that make huge profits out of selling weapons of war.
  15. It is more evidence that he is just another fantasist. Does anyone seriously really think someone involved in 'top secret' government programmes is really allowed to 'whistle-blow' completely unchallenged and still be alive? I'm fairly open-minded on most things, but I'm convinced this is just CIA bullshit, deflecting and distracting people, and making the genuine 'alternative researchers' look silly for believing this. Would probably make a great movie, if done properly.
  16. I maintain my opinion to this day that charities who sell products through shops are nothing more than massive tax-dodging scams. "Stock" that they sell is 'donated', ie it has zero cost, it has not been purchased from any supplier. "Staff" that are employed to work in these stores do so on a 'voluntary' basis, therefore if they are not earning any salary, they are not paying/contributing any PAYE/income tax/National Insurance. Charity shops also enjoy reduced rents and business rates, and charities can also benefit from other reduced operating costs, such as discounted energy bills, broadband and other services. Is it any wonder that while so many other independent businesses are struggling to make a living on our High Streets, and thus ending up having to close down or go out of business, that charity shops are thriving? It may all seem to be 'for a good cause', and shoppers do enjoy getting some 'bargains' at their local charity shops. But what many people don't realise is that while these charity shops appear to be quite profitable on the surface, the money raised is NOT going to the causes they support, but just ends up in big hedge-funds. Small amounts get 'dribbled' to the actual charities in question, but very little ends up back in the Treasury coffers in 'tax'.
  17. Sorry but this all reads like sci-fi fantasy bullshit to me. There is nobody coming to save us, we have to save ourselves.
  18. It's only become a 'mainstream news story' because it featured in an ITV drama. I've seen 'tidbits' about this in the local news in recent years. I admit I haven't watched the TV show, or looked deeper into what this 'scandal' entailed, so don't fully know what's been going on or what is alleged. I don't doubt that there are a number of people who have become unwittingly caught up in this, but it wouldn't surprise me if there are some 'big players' out there who have been actively defrauding the Post Office and Royal Mail for years, who are now about to be 'let off the hook', thanks to this.
  19. That BBC feed also includes a photo someone sent in showing flooding on New Road in Worcester... from 1886. The point is that these rivers are flooding more often in recent years because of lack of dredging and maintenance (plus more surface water running into them as everything gets paved over), but the media are trying to make out this is a 'new phenomenon' that they can blame on 'climate change'.
  20. Many years ago, I played in some 'massively multiplayer online role-playing games' (MMORPGs) I was 'killed' so many times, yet I never felt the need to get the 'real-life' police involved. I once played 'Train Simulator', and in a fit of boredom, caused a train travelling at high-speed to derail and plunge off a cliff into the sea. I never faced any criminal proceedings for this. Because outside the boundaries of the game I was playing, it 'never happened'. Video-games and other 'virtual environments' are meant to be a form of 'escapism' - they have their own gameplay rules which players should follow, but at the end of the day, no participant is being physically harmed, and nothing is being physically damaged. If you don't like what happens to you in a 'virtual world', then stop participating in it. There's a dangerous precedent being set here, where a 'virtual' world crosses over into the legality of the 'real world'.
  21. To be honest, I can't be bothered to watch this. What "biblical Christmas story" did he tie to 'climate change'?
  22. BBC journalists can freely say these things unchallenged. Why do we seem to see so much flooding these days? from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-67863282?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=659549fab255e96a9e4bbe5f%26Why do we seem to see so much flooding these days%3F%262024-01-04T07%3A38%3A13.030Z&ns_fee=0&pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:494b61ee-f029-4ee4-bfc2-4adc8c1656db&pinned_post_asset_id=659549fab255e96a9e4bbe5f&pinned_post_type=share Well of course, nothing to do with the fact that the Environment Agency hasn't done much dredging of rivers in the last couple of decades. More rainwater, less river volume to carry the water, it doesn't need a genius to work out what happens next! The same 'environment correspondent' adds the following: Would dredging rivers make any difference? from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-67863282?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=6596ed49f825603c1a381a3b%26Would dredging rivers make any difference%3F%262024-01-05T09%3A10%3A34.157Z&ns_fee=0&pinned_post_locator=urn:asset:59154069-d85e-4b72-adc6-70cfa0d77d46&pinned_post_asset_id=6596ed49f825603c1a381a3b&pinned_post_type=share It's almost like he's 'justifying' the lack of dredging that is done nowadays, as if there is 'no point' to it. Another factor that's never taken into consideration, maybe it seems that more people are being affected by flooding rivers because in the last couple of decades more homes have been built on what were traditionally 'floodplains'? That BBC 'live feed' is full of homeowners complaining about having to spend money on 'flood-proofing' their homes. What did they expect? The developers clearly don't take these things into consideration, and it remains a mystery to those people who buy homes located next to major rivers.
  23. Others may have already noticed that the new 'click-bait' headline trick for reporting weather involves suggestions of "xxx miles of" something or other. I first noticed this before Christmas, when there was a breathtaking amount of weather stories, with the usual 'warnings' and the Met Office either 'breaking their silence' or 'issuing verdicts' on 384 mile wall of snow or something along those lines. Apart from a 'light dusting' towards the beginning of December, Birmingham and the West Midlands has not seen any significant amount of snow. It's mostly been pissing it down with rain instead. (That "384 mile wall of snow" fell as rain because it was too warm) Now of course it is true that some parts of the UK have had some snow this winter, notably areas in Scotland and northern England. And no doubt that some areas will see snow and ice next week. But not Birmingham!
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