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Grumpy Owl

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  1. I saw this for myself in Birmingham city centre last year. There are numerous apartment blocks being built or under development and they all have certain things in common. While the upper floors consist of 'luxury apartments', with maybe a restaurant at the top for 'the views', the ground levels provide some retail space and/or a gym. The retail space consists of a 'convenience store' - either a 'mini' Tesco/Sainsburys/Morrisons etc, or some Co-Op/Londis/Costcutter/Nisa - and maybe a couple of cafes or takeaways such as Subway/Costa etc. It's almost like these blocks are being provided so that their residents have (much) of what they need, right on their doorstep. The 'essentials' if you like. Of course, the people who will live in these high-rise blocks will be those who have already been conditioned into using Just Eat, Deliveroo, Amazon etc to get stuff delivered to them, while the 'big name' stores selling the 'luxury' stuff are just a short walk or bike ride away. There's not much in the way of parking spaces being provided for these developments, because the 'assumption' being made is that the residents won't 'need' a private car - if they need to travel further afield, then the 'assumption' is that they will travel by bus or train, or hire an 'Uber' (taxi). People are 'outraged' that this 15-Minute City concept is being proposed for Oxford, when it is already happening in cities like Birmingham, and so far no-one has raised an eyebrow.
  2. "Network of highly ambitious local government leaders for cleaner, more powerful communities" All the hallmarks of Common Purpose:
  3. "Smart Meters" would be controlled via mobile network (I don't have one either), hence the recent furore about energy suppliers changing customers onto pre-payment terms without their consent, those who have smart meters anyway. Otherwise a physical change of meter would be required, which would require a warrant in order to enter the property. (I'm now starting to wonder why some of my neighbours have had their gas meters relocated to a box outside the property as part of 'gas mains pipe upgrades' in my area.) It is possible to send control signals via the mains electricity network - my previous property had Economy7 and a dual-phase meter, I raised a concern with my then-electricity supplier as the clock on the meter display was several hours out, and I was assured that wasn't important as a signal was sent through the mains to let the meter know when to switch between the day and night settings. The water meters are different, I have one installed in my flat, it's not a 'smart' meter as such in that it doesn't connect to the internet or wi-fi, but it does periodically transmit a short range radio signal, which means that the meter reader can pick up the signal using a handheld receiver without physically entering your property.
  4. When I regularly used to go shopping in Birmingham or Solihull, I used to get fed up with being harrassed by people 'collecting for charity'. When I shop online at eBay or where I use Paypal, there's usually some option to 'add a donation' to some 'randomly selected' charity. It's even reached the point where I go somewhere like B&M or Wilko, when I go to pay at the checkout, the card machine asks if I'd like to make a donation to some charity. Fuck off! If I want to donate to some charity, I would find a good local well-meaning charity and give a donation to them directly. Given the current 'cost of living crisis', it is disgraceful that big retailers are trying to encourage their shoppers to spend more than they already want to by making an additional 'donation to charity'.
  5. But they died "from/with Covid" so that's all anyone needed to know.
  6. It is the smaller charities that end up losing out it would seem. Fuck the 'big corporate' charities like Cancer Research, this is just Amazon further pushing online retail to kill off the high streets, where even charity shops are selling on Amazon. Amazon may let charities 'keep all of the profits' but this again gives such 'big corporate' charities an advantage over other third-party marketplace sellers. Amazon want it all, they just want people to buy from them.
  7. And yes, its continued since the Covid Pandemic with the "Cost Of Living Crisis", which was caused/engineered by Government's own policies, yet it is the Government "coming to the rescue" with handouts, rebates, and the 'energy price guarantee'. The media constantly push the narrative of "due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine" as being the cause of our woes, but the truth is that it is all down to governments imposing sanctions on Russia that has caused this mess.
  8. Wasn't this the plan all along though? To make people and business reliant on the state for 'handouts'? Ie "universal basic income", which you earn from either being a 'good citizen' (see China's social credit system) or being a company that promotes "the message".
  9. I don't think Andrew Bridgen MP is the 'hero' some people are making him out to be.
  10. Global catastrophes are linked to the cycles of the Sun. It is true that the 'next one' could happen in our lifetime, but it is impossible to predict the exact year or even exact date it will occur. Good place to start on this is here: https://www.youtube.com/@Suspicious0bservers/playlists
  11. Yes, 'climate change' is the narrative being pushed, but 'dramatise' is a bit kind, I think you mean 'over-exaggerate' it. See my thread here for examples:
  12. Interesting. Then a year later in 2022, after Russia began attacking Ukraine, the 'Homes For Ukraine' scheme saw many Ukrainians being 'legally trafficked' into the UK.
  13. It doesn't matter really, its meaningless. The USA can just keep 'borrowing' money because... From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64341875 It's all just fictional money that doesn't exist on paper. One does have to wonder who is 'buying this debt' from the USA and why?
  14. I'm pretty sure that if anyone digs deep enough, all these 'charities', 'foundations' and 'trusts' may be set up with good intentions by these so-called 'philanthropists', but they are ultimately just vehicles for money laundering, pushing the 'agenda', and disguising other inhuman or criminal activities.
  15. I'm noticing a pattern now which concerns me, and is why I don't watch so many of his videos now. While there's a lot of stuff he puts out which I don't fundamentally disagree with, it bothers me that since his "personal journey over the last year", he's started doing a bit of preaching and quoting Bible passages. I'm sure the likes of @alexa lap this all up But fundamentally, religion itself (not just Christianity by the way) is all part of the 'control system', and a means of 'divide and conquer', something that Hugo has railed against in the past. Now before Hugo Talks rose to some prominence, I did use to follow Dave Cullen (Computing Forever) on YouTube, who I believe started out making videos about computing and tech stuff, before embracing political commentary. Like Hugo, Dave made some interesting videos with some good talking points, but then at some point, he also 'discovered his faith', made some 'controversial' videos which were removed from YouTube, and then subsequently found his YouTube channel deleted, before retreating to the alternative video-sharing sites. (Dave does still have his 'other' channel on YouTube, "The Dave Cullen Show", which went quiet for a while, but recently he has started posting videos again, mostly whining about Star Trek and Marvel movies and how 'woke' they are, but stays clear of 'controversial' topics) Someone else I've been following on YouTube is David Kurten, Heritage Party leader and former UKIP London Assembly member. I've always liked the fella and what he has to say, but again of late, I'm being put off because of his promotion and pushing of Christianity. There may be other examples that I'm not aware of because I don't follow them, but has anyone else noticed other YouTube/social media 'influencers' pushing or preaching about Christianity or any other religion for that matter? Here's a prediction: give it a few more weeks or couple of months, and Hugo Talks will claim he has been 'banned' by YouTube.
  16. I find this kind of stuff fascinating. There is one obelisk near me, which I have been intending to go and have another look at for some time. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lickey+Monument/@52.3753885,-2.0126868,557m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4870951a943e777b:0x8a108ed3f762ca38!8m2!3d52.374642!4d-2.0130385 It's located off Monument Lane in Lickey, up in the Lickey Hills near Cofton Hackett, south-west of Birmingham.
  17. I don't know, can you tell me? My intention is to die having lived a life which I have enjoyed to the maximum, not beholden to the fearmongering of the mainstream media, nor the alternative media for that matter. I politely reject your binary choice that you present.
  18. According to Ben Davidson of SpaceWeatherNews / Suspicious0bservers, we are currently in sunspot maximum for this current solar cycle. I believe this is different to 'grand solar minimum' that others speculate about, and while he believes this will happen, it is still some way off and definitely isn't happening during this current cycle. You're right that the solar cycle takes 11 years, but this can vary. As well as health effects, it also influences the climate and weather on our planet. Take a look at the current 'very cold weather' in the UK we had in December and are about to have again in January. The last time this happened was in December 2010, which was of course 12 years ago, but the solar cycle can vary slightly in length. Same can be said for heatwaves and 'record heat'. With regards to 'pandemics' it is surely also no coincidence that the 'last' pandemic which was related to 'swine flu' occured in 2009, pretty much 11 years prior to the 'Covid' pandemic in 2020. So if you look at the bigger picture and factor in the solar cycle activity, the 'next' pandemic should occur in around 2031-2032. Unless the sun does a 'micro-nova' and wipes us all out first!
  19. John O'Looney. Come on, that name alone should be enough to set off alarm bells in the mind of any good critical thinker! Didn't he start out as the funeral director who questioned why the number of burials didn't rise dramatically during the pandemic? He then subsequently started appearing on a number of podcasts? Now he's making claims that he met with an MP at Chatham House and all this stuff was 'revealed' to him? I don't bother with Telegram, but what you describe has all the hallmarks of a 'controlled opposition' to me. As I have repeatedly said before, while there are vast amounts of misinfo/disinfo being pushed and promoted by the 'mainstream media', I do believe there is equally a lot of misinfo/disinfo being circulated amongst the 'alternative' circles.
  20. More sensationalist bullshit from the Daily Mail: After the floods, here comes the 'Nightmare from the North'... A six-day shiver that will bring snow to the south and temperatures as low as -15C in some areas From: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11636499/A-six-day-shiver-bring-snow-south-temperatures-low-15C-areas.html While it is the middle of winter up here in the UK, it is of course also the height of summer on Antarctica. This particular research base is located near the coast, where it is typically much warmer. Further inland, it might currently be 'sunny' but temperatures are still around -30C, so hardly a 'fair comparison', just like the story I linked earlier in this thread which claimed Britain was 'hotter than the Sahara', which was only borderline true. And while both the Sahara Desert and the continent of Antarctica are massive areas of land compared to the size of the UK, despite the small size of our islands, the weather varies a great deal here. If you want to know what the weather is going to be like where you are, then look at a weather forecast website for your local area. Don't go by what the national media report, and even your 'local' news websites just regurgitate the same rubbish.
  21. There's a hell of a lot of BS in these weather-related 'news' articles. For starters, "nightmare from the north", wonder how long it took someone to think that one up! Then there's the BS about the UK being 'colder than the Antarctic'. So it's going to be -15C at night in some remote northern part of Britain, during the middle of winter. This Antarctic research base is on the coast of Antarctica, where it is typically warmer than the rest of the continent, and of course it is now the middle of summer down there. Sensationalist fear-mongering is all it is.
  22. Basically yes. Polaris is millions of miles away, but due to scale and perspective, it always appears in the sky in the same place. It's the "Small Or Far Away" principle as demonstrated here: Our closest star, the Sun, is itself orbiting around the centre of our galaxy, exactly the same as every other star we can see in the night sky. Therefore it should be no surprise that our night skies look pretty much the same as they have been observed for the last few hundreds of years.
  23. I don't actually find this JP Sears bloke that funny, certainly doesn't appeal to my own contorted sense of humour.
  24. Grumpy Owl


    Golden Retriever finds sex toy on walk and refuses to let it go From: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/black-country/golden-retriever-finds-sex-toy-25978133 Brings new meaning to the phrase "to give a dog a bone"
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