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  1. The full letter is printed here: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/boris-needs-to-rethink-his-covid-strategy
  2. Here is a new measure that has just been announced: Even the BBC immediately notes: Yes, because it's going to make fuck all difference, apart from being an onerous and unnecessary imposition on people's lives and liberty.
  3. I started to wake up screaming and crying about nightmares that I had. Oh no, wait a minute, I was screaming and crying about my actual life where I present 'Good Morning Britain' with Piers Morgan.
  4. I wanted to check out how many cases officially there have been where I live. This is easy to do, it can be looked up here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51768274 This is the result that I got for where I live: So there were 7 cases this week, after last week where there were 4 cases. There haven't even been 300 cases in total. This is over a region of 71,000 people. This means in relation to the 'rule of six' that it would be practically impossible to assemble a group of people in the region who had all officially contracted the virus. You'd have to locate every single person, and get them all together. Last week, it would have been literally impossible. I don't live in a town, but I live relatively near to one, and it's quite possible that literally no-one in that town has currently contracted the virus. Even if we highly exaggerated the threat statistically, there might be three people who officially have Covid. Your chances of bumping into them are virtually zero, let alone contracting the virus. Yet people are social distancing, walking around with masks (even outside), and engaging in all manner of other ridiculous behaviour and paraphernalia, for what? Because of a virus that 7 people in the entire region have officially contracted. Even over the entire period of Covid, only 0.4% of the population has contracted the virus, and less than 0.1% of the population has died, even if we accept the official figures and don't question anything at all. Currently, 0.009% of the population has contracted this virus. Not exactly a frightening number! Can blanket regulations possibly be justified when there is bordering on no risk whatsoever? Surely people should be able to see that regional variations are sensible. Frankly, where I live there is absolutely no justification whatsoever for any restrictions. I should be able to do anything that I could do before the pandemic. There is absolutely no logical reason why this can't happen today. Everything could be opened up. It would make absolutely no difference to anything, except it would be a blessed relief for business owners and the population in general. If cases significantly increased then this arrangement could be reviewed, I suppose. I don't expect anything else from the authorities other than what I'm seeing, but I would hope at some point people would begin to question their reality, and wonder why they're being prevented from engaging in normal activities, in regions of the country where this cannot possibly be considered a serious health issue.
  5. I'm not sure if anyone else posted this, but I haven't seen it: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54010432 It's common sense to do what we've always wanted to do, but knew we would encounter too much opposition.
  6. Would this be like when he said he would audit the Federal Reserve? Eliminate the deficit (he tripled it before Covid)? When he told us he was a massive fan of Wikileaks? (Not that there was any point in this...) Build a US-Mexico wall? I try to ignore him, but I've never heard so much BS come out of one person's mouth, since the previous US president! There is no hope in these people. Any energy invested in them is wasted energy.
  7. I'm sure he's got a pre-prepared answer, but I really wish a journalist would ask Bill Gates...why are you so fucking bothered about vaccines and public health anyway? You've spent your whole life completely focused on getting as wealthy as possible, why are you so concerned about poor people all of a sudden? Are we really sincerely expected to believe that you genuinely care? And if you do genuinely care, why have you spent most of your life trying to put every other computer company out of business? If you're that fucking bothered, why don'y you give all of your money away? You too can be a poor person! Or even give away absolutely everything other than $10 million, and scrape by on that for the rest of your life. Forget about your poxy foundation, give away all of your money. Put your money where your mouth is. Sell your house that is literally worth more than $100 million, move into a smaller house, worth merely $5 million, and give all the rest of the money away. It would be impossible for me personally to make billions of dollars for many reasons! But the primary reason is...once I had enough to live off for the rest of my life, I wouldn't care about selling computers, or oil, or whatever it may be any more. I would sell my business, and enjoy my life. I wouldn't think: "well, I've got $50 million, but I really want 1,000 times that before I'm satisfied, and even then I won't be satisfied". You can't go from that mindset, from hundreds of millions of dollars not being enough, to then your heart bleeding because there are poor people in the world. It makes zero sense. It's not remotely plausible. It's only sheer, unadulterated greed and egotism that gets you there in the first place, because any rational person would clearly see that they had enough once they were financially secure and could buy literally anything. The first question that an 8 year-old would ask someone that greedy is...why did you suddenly change? Somehow this never occurs to any 'professional journalist'; they're happy to automatically assume that Gates' heart is in the right place.
  8. Yes, they do! That's precisely what sensible people do say!
  9. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53346750 https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/12072186/face-masks-ibiza-majorca-when/
  10. Thanks for the advice, I managed to post it now, I had to take out all of the links, but people can look up any of the information for themselves, it is all 100% accurate.
  11. So today, the UK's national academy of science has stated that everyone should wear masks "whenever you are in crowded public spaces". If this recommendation is followed, and introduced as government guidance, it will mean that to a very great extent I won't be able to go out any more, except to take my dog for a walk in the woods, as I very fortunately live in the countryside and can just walk out of my front door straight into the woods. Although half the time when I encounter someone, on my own in the open air, they're backing away in terror. There is a pub down the road from me, probably I will be able to walk down there, be served by someone wearing a mask, and have a quiet pint and some lunch. Beyond that, I won't be able to go anywhere else. My life will be limited to my house, taking my dog for a walk, and going to the one pub within walking distance, although that's not a certainty. And I'll be better off than a lot of people! Because I won't wear a mask in public. I won't do things that don't make sense. Unless you put a gun to my head and make me do them. If I have no choice legally, then at some point I would have to wear a mask, but if I can swerve it then I will. Even if this isn't enacted legally, it's likely that you will be increasingly ostracised if you don't wear one publicly. This is being recommended despite the fact that Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries stated that there is “probably a very, very small potential beneficial effect” of wearing masks, and that “the evidence is really very, very difficult to tease out”. And that was in relation to "some enclosed environments"; ie. not public spaces that are outdoors! Harries also stated that "the fact that there is a lot of debate means that the evidence either isn’t clear or is weak", and that "for the average member of the public, and it may be for example if you’re walking out in an open space, you’re practising good social distancing measures, you are neither going to be a risk to anybody else or to yourself". Downing Street chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance noted that evidence for face masks is "variable, quite weak and difficult to know", and Peter Horby, chairman of the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), having investigated the benefits of face masks, described the data as “weak”. Horby himself stated that he does not wear a mask outside, and went on to explain the following: "The data are difficult and the reason that you’re seeing different policies is because the data are weak. [In field conditions], their effectiveness is much, much lower. There’s also the problem of wearing the mask properly, they’re very difficult to wear properly for a long time, and so for prolonged exposures their effectiveness is really quite low". Dr April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, previously stated that "masks should only be used by healthcare workers, caregivers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough", and in the government's own report entitled: "Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services", the following is stated on page 35: "When managing the risk of COVID-19, additional PPE beyond what you usually wear is not beneficial. This is because COVID-19 is a different type of risk to the risks you normally face in a workplace, and needs to be managed through social distancing, hygiene and fixed teams or partnering, not through the use of PPE. It is important to know that the evidence of the benefit of using a face covering to protect others is weak and the effect is likely to be small, therefore face coverings are not a replacement for the other ways of managing risk, including minimizing time spent in contact, using fixed teams and partnering for close-up work, and increasing hand and surface washing. These other measures remain the best ways of managing risk in the workplace and government would therefore not expect to see employers relying on face coverings as risk management for the purpose of their health and safety assessments". Bear in mind that again deals with enclosed spaces, not open-air environments. And I heard a BBC Radio 5Live report on when masks were first required on public transport, during which a government medical advisor (who advocated in favour of face masks) conceded that the benefit of them is "extremely marginal". And after he'd said this, the reporter from 5Live stated that he had spoken to government representatives, they had equally stated that any benefits are extremely marginal, and that the policy was only being implemented to provide "psychological comfort" to people, so that they will be willing to use public transport again. So we already have a situation where it's legally required to wear masks, and it's admitted that this actually has virtually no medical benefit, that the policy isn't being implemented for any medical benefit anyway, and this is only in relation to enclosed spaces, where viruses are far more likely to be transmitted. This last point is blindingly obvious anyway. Quite clearly, any virus is more likely to be passed on from one person to another indoors than outdoors. But a study in April already concluded that "the odds that a primary case transmitted COVID-19 in a closed environment was 18.7 times greater compared to an open-air environment". That's just my little bit of research that I carried out while writing this post, which took about 5-10 minutes. It's all mainstream sources, it's not in any way contentious or controversial. Yet already the president of the UK's Royal Society, Venki Ramakrishnan, has not only called for everyone to wear face coverings in public spaces, but has also stated that "it used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seatbelts. Today both of those would be considered antisocial, and not wearing face coverings in public should be regarded in the same way". So we're comparing drink-driving, in relation to which alcohol is known to impede reaction time, impair your reflexes, and effectively make you a worse driver, while driving is already dangerous anyway, with not wearing a mask in public, which is known to be ineffective even in enclosed spaces, which will have bordering on zero impact in outdoor environments, where there is little evidence that the virus can be passed on outdoors anyway and studies have shown that this hardly ever happens statistically, which is a response to a virus that 95% of people in the UK have yet to contract, and which it is now admitted that many will never contract, which only really kills old people, according to the government's own figures, which has killed very few people proportionately who don't have underlying health conditions, for which most deaths haven't been proven to be related to the virus, and for which 45% of even those deaths linked with Covid-19 have occurred in care homes (20,000 of 44,000 deaths). I don't really think it's quite the same, do you? But I'm sure the government will roll over and force everyone to wear face masks in due course. As an example, you're already required to wear face masks on beaches in Spain. If we're now asked to wear masks in public, or even if people start doing this voluntarily en masse, it's a complete joke. There's just no evidence that this is necessary, or even beneficial. If this became law, it could then go on for months, or even years. If it does become law, congratulations TPTB, you will have confined me to the immediate vicinity of my home. Because there's no way I'm playing ball with this, it's fucking stupid.
  12. I'm just testing posting on here, as I received a message stating that I was blocked from posting on the Covid thread. Which I'm quite sure is nothing to do with the forum itself. Well, that worked, so I'll retry the Covid thread.
  13. In the entire county in which I live, there had been just over 2,000 cases in May, and over 25% of those were in the only major city. There had been 52 deaths, and nearly 40% of those had been in care homes. So you're looking at 32 deaths outside of care homes, across a surface area of 2,600 square kilometres, and a population of 800,000. There may have been a few more deaths since then, I'm not sure. Who cares?
  14. This is an actual quote: "Freedom of speech can only be upheld if the structural inequalities that hinder equal opportunities for underrepresented groups are challenged and changed." Freedom of speech can only be upheld if we castigate and even punish people for exercising their freedom of speech. Even when they're saying something that isn't remotely controversial. It's only during the lockdown that I truly realised what a decaying, moribund, intellectually bereft society we have become. Of course, I had a strong impression of this before! But it's been impossible to ignore the coronavirus situation. And it's been impossible to ignore the general public. And the reality of having their behaviour dangled before me has succinctly illustrated the frightening extent to which many people are literally trained like puppies by the authorities and the media. People cannot think for themselves. You could, no exaggeration, make the majority of the population think, say, or do virtually anything. It would be challenging to completely dissociate the sexual act from procreation (although this has been achieved to a large extent), and have babies taken away from their mothers, as Huxley depicted in Brave New World. But if it was really deemed necessary or desirable then I would wager that you could eventually convince people to give up their newborn babies. It might take a couple of generations. But eventually people would accept follow the social programming and authoritarian diktats. Because I've witnessed with my own eyes the most ridiculous behaviour. Every time I take my dog for a walk, people on their own are backing away from me so that they can obey the social distancing regulations. I mean, for fuck's sake, we're in the open air, there's only two of us, we're just passing by one another, only 5% of people in Britain have even contracted Covid-19 in the first place - the chances of transmitting a virus in these circumstances are so infinitesimal as to be basically non-existent. I was talking to my neighbour the other day, and she won't let her child play with the other kids in the estate around our houses, where they usually play all of the time, as it would be in breach of social distancing guidelines. And both of these examples would have been unthinkable three months ago. Around 12 weeks ago, both of these people would have behaved in the completely opposite fashion, but it's taken just a few weeks to train them to completely reverse their customary practices. When I witness this sort of behaviour, the future seems completely hopeless. We're already entering a massive economic depression, which is going to be far worse than anything in living memory. It's already estimated that it will result in the worst economic conditions since 1870. And what are people saying? We can't go back to work because it's too dangerous! We can't send our kids back to school because it's too dangerous! The admitted government debt is now greater than the UK's annual GDP, but let's just keep everyone at home, and whack on a few hundred billion more. And then the same people will complain when there is more austerity, when there are cuts to government spending, when services are terminated. And they'll blame it on the Tories. It's not the fault of the system, it's not an overarching super-structure of elitists and plutocrats dictating conditions for the entire planet. It's Boris Johnson's fault that my local library has closed down. We've already had the golden years of our lives. Now we're going to be steadily ground down with a combination of sustainability, snooping, monitoring, impositions on our lives, and micromanagement. The EU vaccination card and passport plans are already on the table. And people will actually welcome this, just as they've now been trained to celebrate the abolition of free speech. The most onerous conditions will be imposed on us, yet people will applaud like performing seals because we're addressing climate change, controlling the virus, and interviewing a black person for every job. There will be no need for a sheepdog; the sheep will police the sheep. Don't worry, though, because the World Economic Forum has already decided that the future will be "fair, sustainable and resilient".
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