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  1. This seems a very strange target, considering that milk isn't nutritionally beneficial for adults, nor is it natural for a mammal to be consuming milk in adulthood. Let alone the milk of another animal! Literally no other mammal does this.

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  2. 3 minutes ago, sock muppet said:

     

    You write and express yourself well and it's very easy to see through your eyes and feel the angst in you, try not to bang your head against the wall to many times, i know it's hard, but you're not alone.❤️

    I know, I have sympathy for the many people who do see through the rather obvious bullshit. I hope they have happy and fulfilling lives, and are left alone as much as possible. I hope for the rest of my life that it's still possible for us to have a decent standard of living, in relative peace and privacy. Beyond that, I've generally given up on most of the population because I feel there is no way of getting through to them.

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  3. 33 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

     

    Yep. Not sure how long I can keep banging on about this crap. Nearly made my pals girl cry the other day. She was talking cringe crap about how Putin is a Nazi, and I showed her all the snakes that surround him and their backgrounds, and also the tentacles that they have in Ukraine. I also showed her who has been pushing vaccines. Nothing I said was wrong, but she had her reality shattered and didn't know how to deal with. No wonder normies love their celebs and sportsball bollocks, they're too fragile to deal with the harsh realities of this world.

    Personally, when I was observing people wearing masks outside, or while on their own in motor vehicles, and not in small numbers, that was the end for me. I don't care what happens to the general population, or to 'society'. 

     

    Previously, I wouldn't have said that, but when people are queuing up for injections and walking around with a bits of cloth over their mouths outside, purely because someone told them to do it, I have no sympathy any more. That's the point where my sympathy runs out.

     

    I hope that I can live the rest of my life relatively unencumbered, and I set myself the simple goal of enjoying every day. I have no hope in the general population any more. 

     

    There has just been months and months and months of blanket media coverage of Covid. Every fucking day. How many Covid cases are there, how many Covid deaths have there been, have the number of Covid cases gone up and down, what is Boris Johnson saying about Covid, what does the 'science' say about Covid, when can I get my third vaccination for Covid, are we going to have another Covid lockdown, how can I protect my child against Covid...on and on and on, fucking relentlessly, day in, day out. 

     

    Then it just fucking disappeared. Right, it's fine now, we've accepted the situation, we're talking about the Ukraine now. Literally, every time you turn on the radio (I never turn on the TV, except to have an occasional game on the PlayStation), it's wall-to-wall...Ukraine, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Putin, Russia, Ukraine, Putin, Russia. Covid might as well not even have existed.

     

    No-one has been held even remotely accountable for the last two years, even though it's known now that the ridiculous policies instigated have been a fucking disaster for the population, and Covid is now weaker than 'flu and it's widely accepted that we'll have to live with the virus. Which was obvious from day one, not least because loads of people who were ignored by the media and authorities stated that this was the case. 

     

    Does anyone care? No, not in the slightest. They've completed accepted the clusterfuck of the last two years, and gone back to their normal lives, albeit now everything costs 50% more than it did before. So what do we hear then? Oh, I can't afford to heat my house any more because all of the prices have gone up. Food is so expensive. The government should do something. What do you think's going to happen, fuckwits, if you close down the entire fucking economy for two years?! Do you think it's going to have a beneficial impact?

     

    I used to say that I don't know why people watch zombie movies; just open your eyes outdoors because the dead walk among us every day. I just didn't realise how bad the situation was.

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  4. US Military Interventions 1946-2021

     

    1946    Iran    Troops deployed in northern province.
    1946-1949    China    Major US army presence of about 100,000 troops, fighting, training and advising local combatants.
    1947-1949    Greece    US forces wage a 3-year counterinsurgency campaign.
    1948    Italy    Heavy CIA involvement in national elections.
    1948-1954    Philippines    Commando operations, "secret" CIA war.
    1950-1953    Korea    Major forces engaged in war in Korean peninsula.
    1953    Iran    CIA overthrows government of Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. Read More
    1954    Vietnam    Financial and materiel support for colonial French military operations, leads eventually to direct US military involvement.
    1954    Guatemala    CIA overthrows the government of President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman.
    1958    Lebanon    US marines and army units totaling 14,000 land.
    1958    Panama    Clashes between US forces in Canal Zone and local citizens.
    1959    Haiti    Marines land.
    1960    Congo    CIA-backed overthrow and assassination of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.
    1960-1964    Vietnam    Gradual introduction of military advisors and special forces.
    1961    Cuba    CIA-backed Bay of Pigs invasion.
    1962    Cuba    Nuclear threat and naval blockade.
    1962    Laos    CIA-backed military coup.
    1963    Ecuador    CIA backs military overthrow of President Jose Maria Valesco Ibarra.
    1964    Panama    Clashes between US forces in Canal Zone and local citizens.
    1964    Brazil    CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government of Joao Goulart and Gen. Castello Branco takes power. Read More
    1965-1975    Vietnam    Large commitment of military forces, including air, naval and ground units numbering up to 500,000+ troops. Full-scale war, lasting for ten years.
    1965    Indonesia    CIA-backed army coup overthrows President Sukarno and brings Gen. Suharto to power.
    1965    Congo    CIA backed military coup overthrows President Joseph Kasavubu and brings Joseph Mobutu to power.
    1965    Dominican Republic    23,000 troops land.
    1965-1973    Laos    Bombing campaign begin, lasting eight years.
    1966    Ghana    CIA-backed military coup ousts President Kwame Nkrumah.
    1966-1967    Guatemala    Extensive counter-insurgency operation.
    1969-1975    Cambodia    CIA supports military coup against Prince Sihanouk, bringing Lon Nol to power. Intensive bombing for seven years along border with Vietnam.
    1970    Oman    Counter-insurgency operation, including coordination with Iranian marine invasion.
    1971-1973    Laos    Invasion by US and South Vietnames forces.
    1973    Chile    CIA-backed military coup ousts government of President Salvador Allende. Gen. Augusto Pinochet comes to power.
    1975    Cambodia    Marines land, engage in combat with government forces.
    1976-1992    Angola    Military and CIA operations.
    1980    Iran    Special operations units land in Iranian desert. Helicopter malfunction leads to aborting of planned raid.
    1981    Libya    Naval jets shoot down two Libyan jets in maneuvers over the Mediterranean.
    1981-1992    El Salvador    CIA and special forces begin a long counterinsurgency campaign.
    1981-1990    Nicaragua    CIA directs exile "Contra" operations. US air units drop sea mines in harbors.
    1982-1984    Lebanon    Marines land and naval forces fire on local combatants.
    1983    Grenada    Military forces invade Grenada.
    1983-1989    Honduras    Large program of military assistance aimed at conflict in Nicaragua.
    1984    Iran    Two Iranian jets shot down over the Persian Gulf.
    1986    Libya    US aircraft bomb the cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, including direct strikes at the official residence of President Muamar al Qadaffi.
    1986    Bolivia    Special Forces units engage in counter-insurgency.
    1987-1988    Iran    Naval forces block Iranian shipping. Civilian airliner shot down by missile cruiser.
    1989    Libya    Naval aircraft shoot down two Libyan jets over Gulf of Sidra.
    1989    Philippines    CIA and Special Forces involved in counterinsurgency.
    1989-1990    Panama    27,000 troops as well as naval and air power used to overthrow government of President Noriega.
    1990    Liberia    Troops deployed.
    1990-1991    Iraq    Major military operation, including naval blockade, air strikes; large number of troops attack Iraqi forces in occupied Kuwait.
    1991-2003    Iraq    Control of Iraqi airspace in north and south of the country with periodic attacks on air and ground targets.
    1991    Haiti    CIA-backed military coup ousts President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
    1992-1994    Somalia    Special operations forces intervene.
    1992-1994    Yugoslavia    Major role in NATO blockade of Serbia and Montenegro.
    1993-1995    Bosnia    Active military involvement with air and ground forces.
    1994-1996    Haiti    Troops depose military rulers and restore President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to office.
    1995    Croatia    Krajina Serb airfields attacked.
    1996-1997    Zaire (Congo)    Marines involved in operations in eastern region of the country.
    1997    Liberia    Troops deployed.
    1998    Sudan    Air strikes destroy country's major pharmaceutical plant.
    1998    Afghanistan    Attack on targets in the country.
    1998    Iraq    Four days of intensive air and missile strikes.
    1999    Yugoslavia    Major involvement in NATO air strikes.
    2001    Macedonia    NATO troops shift and partially disarm Albanian rebels.
    2001    Afghanistan    Air attacks and ground operations oust Taliban government and install a new regime.
    2003    Iraq    Invasion with large ground, air and naval forces ousts government of Saddam Hussein and establishes new government.
    2003-present    Iraq    Occupation force of 150,000 troops in protracted counter-insurgency war
    2004    Haiti    Marines land. CIA-backed forces overthrow President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

    2004: War on Terror: U.S. anti-terror related activities were underway in Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Eritrea.
    2004–present: The U.S. deploys drone strikes to aid in the War in North-West Pakistan.
    2007: Somalia: AC-130 gunship conducts an aerial strike.
    2010–present: Yemen - The U.S. has been launching a series of drone strikes on suspected al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, and ISIS positions.
    2011: 2011 military intervention in Libya: Operation Odyssey Dawn, United States and coalition enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 with bombings of Libyan forces.
    2011: Drone strikes on al-Shabaab militants begin in Somalia. This marks the 6th nation in which such strikes have been carried out, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.
    2011–present: Uganda: U.S. Combat troops sent in as advisers to Uganda. 
    2012: Jordan: 150 U.S. troops deployed to Jordan.
    2012: Turkey: 400 troops and two batteries of Patriot missiles sent to Turkey.
    2013: Navy SEALs conducted a raid in Somalia and possibly killed a senior Al-Shabaab official, simultaneously another raid took place in Tripoli, Libya, where Special Operations Forces captured Abu Anas al Libi (also known as Anas al-Libi).
    2014–present: Uganda: V-22 Ospreys, MC-130s, KC-135s and additional U.S. soldiers are sent to Uganda.
    2014–present: American intervention in Iraq: Hundreds of U.S. troops deployed to protect American assets in Iraq and to advise Iraqi and Kurdish fighters.
    2014–present: American-led intervention in Syria: American aircraft bomb Islamic State positions in Syria. Airstrikes on al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front and Khorasan positions are also being conducted.
    2014–present: Intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Syrian locals forces and American-led coalition forces launch a series of aerial attacks on ISIL and al-Nusra Front positions in Iraq and Syria.
    2015: April 30, 2015 U.S. sends ships to the Strait of Hormuz to shield vessels.
    2015–present: U.S. military deploys 300 troops to Cameroon.
    2017: 2017 Shayrat missile strike: Tomahawk missiles launched from U.S. naval vessels in the Mediterranean hit a Syrian airbase in Homs Governorate.
    2018: bombing of Damascus and Homs was launched.
    2021: February 2021 United States airstrike in Syria: On February 25, 2021, the United States military carried out an airstrike on a site in Syria.
    2021: June 27, 2021, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes on Iranian-backed militias on both sides of the Iraq–Syria border.
    2021: American military intervention in Somalia (2007–present): July 20, 2021, U.S. military airstrikes were conducted on al-Shabab militants in Somalia, the first of its kind since US troops withdrew and President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. On July 22, 2021, further airstrikes were conducted by the U.S. Air Force against al-Shabab militants.

     

    2022

     

    President Joe Biden has called Russian president Vladimir Putin an "aggressor" who "chose this war" as he announced a series of "major" sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine. Putin had "committed an assault on the very principles that uphold the global peace."

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  5. I think it's excellent to look at this data, but it should be obvious anyway. There were only around 40-50K deaths attributed to Covid in 2020, whereas the difference between a year in which a lot of people die and a relatively small number of people die in the UK is around 60-70K.

     

    It stands to reason that you're not going to see anything excessive in terms of deaths. They can't justify it in this way, the only way it can possibly be justified is by claiming that the infrastructure of the country, healthcare services in particular, were facing some unique and rarefied threat.

     

    But I don't see how that is remotely tenable, as it's reported every year that the NHS is on the verge of collapse, particularly during the winter. This is common knowledge, particularly for people who work in healthcare, and it's not caused by Covid or any specific virus or condition; it's systemic. Also, by throttling economic activity, you're merely exacerbating the infrastructure problems, which undoubtedly causes more harm than the virus itself.

     

    If anything, the question should be why healthcare is underfunded, why the NHS is in a constant state of crisis, and why the general state of health, well-being and fitness is so poor in the first place. The answers to all of these questions aren't difficult to ascertain, but an even minimally competent media would at least pose them, rather than just uncritically swallowing anything and everything that they're spoonfed.

  6. Regarding the care homes deaths, you can download the official figures from here:

     

    I've taken the trouble of doing this, so here are my observations. And I'll be as generous as possible towards the view of the authorities / official narrative.

     

    There were a lot of deaths in care homes in April and May of last year. This was widely reported at the time. Those figures are still larger than the numbers we are seeing currently. The highest number is 715 on 28th April, but the average might be around 300 per day. I'm not going to sit here and work that out! But there are some days in excess of 400, and several that are quite a lot less than this number, while 5-600 is only touched a few times, so 300 per day seems a reasonable estimation. Let's say 350 maximum.

     

    However, from the end of June through to September, there were very small numbers of deaths. Between 8th June and 23rd November, there isn't a single day where there is more than 100 deaths. The average would be much less than 100 per day.

     

    And then the numbers start to increase again. But they're nowhere near the level of April and May. We still don't see a single day of 200 deaths or more until January, and the average looks to be less than 100 per day.

     

    Suddenly, in January there is a rapid increase. The average for January as a whole is easily over 200, but it's really escalated in recent days. Between 8th June, 2020 and 11th January, 2021, there was one single solitary day in which there were 200 deaths, which was 4th January (and it was exactly 200). Since 11th January, here are the figures:

     

    11th January - 264

    12th January - 254

    13th January - 208

    14th January - 224

    15th January - 243

    16th January - 60

    17th January - 88

    18th January - 446

    19th January - 321

    20th January - 312 

    21st January - 269

    22nd January - 218

     

    But everyone in care homes is supposed to be vaccinated by now. Plus, people in care homes have obviously been isolated, and the number of cases is supposed to be diminishing.

     

    So what you can reasonably conclude from these figures is that vaccinations have done people in care homes no good. Which is not that surprising, as no-one has suggested that the vaccination can prevent you from transmitting the Covid virus, or even that they provide you with immunity. There is a lengthy article in Forbes discussing this here.

     

    I'm sure what might happen is that the numbers will come down, and then the medical establishment will claim that it took the vaccine some time to work. But at present it's certainly difficult to argue this.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Sexpistol50 said:

    I didn't read the article as I don't want to sign up , what exactly does it say , is it a case of no health passport, no travel, no concerts , pubs, restaurants etc or is it just a app that gives info on your medical records ?

     

    Almost a month after the European Union approved the first safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, thousands of Europeans have taken at least their first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

     

    Other world countries, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have started vaccinating their citizens, while others are set to roll out vaccines soon.

     

    With millions of vaccines already purchased and agreements on their purchase on the way, the world is set become COVID-19 immune by 2023, by which time, many hope life will return back to how it was before the pandemic outbreak.

     

    Within less than a year, the pandemic has shocked the economies of the majority of world countries, and brought many industries to their knees, including the travel and tourism industry, which for many countries has been a powerful contributor to their economies.


    These industries, cannot wait for the whole world to become COVID-19 immune in order to restart, as the economic losses that world countries have faced are devastating.

     

    That is why many countries are already working on “vaccination passports” in order to enable travel and tourism to restart.

     

    Number of EU Countries Providing & Asking for “Vaccination Passports” on the Rise


    Back in April 2020, SchengenVisaInfo.com had reported that once a vaccine was finally effective, travellers could be asked to present proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to be eligible to enter the European Union and Schengen Area Member States.

     

    An EU official had confirmed for SchengenVisaInfo.com at the time, that proof of vaccination would also be required for Schengen visa application and visa-free entry as well.

     

    Now, ten months later, the most recent country to announce its plans on the reintroduction of a document which proves its holder has been vaccinated against COVID-19 is Denmark.

     

    Denmark’s Ministry of Health and the Elderly has announced at the beginning of January that it is working on a “vaccine passport” for Danish travellers, which will soon be available for all Danish citizens who get vaccinated. The document will serve them as a “vaccination passport” to travel to the countries where vaccination becomes mandatory for entry.

     

    “The Ministry of Health and the Elderly is working on a COVID-19 vaccine passport, which is expected to be ready by early 2021,” the Ministry said confirming the plans.

     

    The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has even sent a letter to the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, urging the Commission to introduce a Coronavirus vaccination certificate in order to facilitate travel between the bloc.

     

    On the other hand, Cyprus had warned early in December 2020, that by March 2021, its border authorities would permit to enter anyone who can show proof that he/she has been vaccinated, in addition to the regular entry requirements (passports, visas, etc.).

     

    Other countries, like Iceland and Hungary, are already applying the requirement of the so-called “immunity passports”, which in essence, is a proof that the traveller has previously been infected with COVID-19 (but is no longer), and now has antibodies in their body.

     

    While currently, Hungary permits almost no one to enter its territory, those from fellow EU countries who can prove they have already had the virus, are free to enter since early September.

     

    Travel & Tourism Organisations Against ‘COVID-19 Vaccination Passports’


    Despite that many are welcoming the idea of “vaccination passports” in order to revive travel and tourism, in particular in Europe, many oppose the idea, insisting it will delay the reopening of the world for travel.

     

    Travel experts at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a forum for the travel and tourism industry, believe that it will take a significant amount of time to vaccinate the majority global population, in particular those in less advanced countries, or in different age groups.

     

    According to the WTTC President and CEO Gloria Guevara, only a very small share of the world population have so far taken the vaccine; thus, she believes, those who have not should be permitted to travel with negative results of COVID-19 tests.

     

    “Furthermore, the most vulnerable groups should be prioritised, a blanket vaccination requirement would simply discriminate against non-vulnerable groups, such as Generation X, Z and Millennials, who should be able to travel with proof of a negative COVID test,” she says.

     

    The introduction of “vaccination passports” has been opposed by another group, for a whole other reason.

    Anna Beduschi, an academic from Exeter University, insists that such a requirement would put at risk the fundamental rights of Europeans by separating people into categories based on their health status.

     

    “[Passports could] create a new distinction between individuals based on their health status, which can then be used to determine the degree of freedoms and rights they may enjoy,” Beduschi believes, insisting that “vaccination passports” pose essential questions for the protection of data privacy and human rights.

     

    Groups of anti-vaxxers, fuelled by the high volume of fake news and conspiracy theories that have been going on for months now, have also rejected the idea of “vaccination passports”.

     

    A survey conducted by the Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) and YouGov on the readiness of people to be vaccinated, carried out in 15 countries showed that only about 51 per cent of participants were willing to get vaccinated in 2021.

     

    French citizens were the least willing to receive the vaccine, with only 35 per cent of the French respondents claiming they would take the vaccine as soon as they are offered to take it.

     

    What Happens If COVID-19 Vaccination Becomes a Mandatory Requirement for Travellers?


    If vaccination becomes a requirement for EU citizens to travel to fellow EU countries, and for third-country nationals to travel to the Schengen Area, then several things are set to take place.

     

    First, if the EU obliges travellers to vaccinate, even if travellers who are not vaccinated find a loophole in the requirement and manage to enter the EU territory, travel insurance providers may refuse to cover them.

     

    Representatives of several travel insurance providers confirmed last December for SchengenVisaInfo.com that if the EU makes vaccination mandatory for travellers to be eligible to enter its territory, they will update their policies in compliance with the EU regulations, which means they would refuse coverage to those who have not taken the vaccine.

     

    Second, travellers from third countries, which have failed to secure vaccines so far, and whose population will get the vaccines, maybe at the end of the year, or next year, will practically be banned from entering Europe.

     

    Moreover, as the majority of world countries plan to complete vaccination for their whole population only somewhere in 2022, this means that travel and tourism industries will fail to start its gradual return to pre-pandemic levels until everyone is vaccinated, which may take quite some time.

  8. Hi kids, hope you had a nice day at school. Just to let you know, even the mildest form of dissent is now frowned upon and censured. You don't have anything that even remotely approaches freedom of speech. 

     

    And do you know what mummy and daddy did to prevent this? Absolutely nothing. We were far too distracted by Celebrity Fuck Island, and cowered into submission by wanting to be the same as our friends and peers. It's our fault. Now you get to live in this society. Good luck!

     

    That is what parents all over the country, and indeed planet, should tell their children.

  9. I consider it self-evident that we live in an elitist society, and I consider it remarkable when people are determined to believe otherwise, or to claim that this has occurred by accident. Those that busy themselves with their everyday lives and don't question anything, I understand. Those that are apologists for the indefensible, while not benefiting from it directly, I don't understand.

  10. We don't know how this is going to play out yet, so I would advise people to be vigilant of all possibilities, but reluctant to jump to any conclusions. 

     

    I've saved this document:

     

    https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/vaccination/docs/2019-2022_roadmap_en.pdf

     

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    ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

     

    This comfortably predated Covid BTW. This document makes pretty grim reading, with plans to plans for a "Commission proposal for a common vaccination card / passport for EU citizens". 

     

    But it might not be mandatory. It might be possible to travel without it. Exceptions might have to be allowed, as otherwise people that cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons in particular, or religious reasons to a lesser extent, would have legal case for discrimination. 

     

    Everything major is always used for more control, more tracking and tracing, etc. But I wouldn't advise worrying yourself silly over something which is yet to occur, and the extent of which is not clear yet. Equally, we shouldn't bury our heads in the sand regarding the possible implementation of some grisly plans.

     

    Nonetheless, I've been told continually for 20 years...the FEMA camps are coming, the FEMA camps are coming. I'm still waiting. I've also encountered many correct predictions, but there is no-one in the conspiracy world who gets everything correct or is infallible, so I would just wait and see what happens next.

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    While Bolsonaro has pledged to make the coronavirus vaccine available to the public once Brazilian regulators give a green light to one of the inoculations under consideration, he has vocally rejected the mandatory vaccination drive, suggesting citizens could be placed under “house arrest” for turning down the jab, among other restrictions.

     

    I'm struggling to see how this would change my life…

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  12. This only scratches the surface of the true psychological and emotional consequences of what is occurring, but it does give some indication.

     

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-55326874

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    A BBC investigation has found that during the first UK lockdown over March through to May there were at least 10 suspected student suicides at UK universities, according to a freedom of information requests submitted to 137 institutions.

     

    This BBC investigation also analysed local news reports, spoke to family members and friends and found that since March there has been at least 17 additional suspected student suicides, 12 of which took place since students returned to universities on September 2nd.

     

     

  13. On 12/16/2020 at 1:18 AM, Macnamara said:

     

    the IRA might disagree with that

     

    Other European countries have been openly fascist / authoritarian, or have been occupied, etc. That's the difference. People in Britain broadly still have a positive view of the UK's institutions and establishment because its never been openly fascist. And because Britain has never been occupied in recent years, and there hasn't been any form of war within the borders of the UK in recent years, there is this general feeling that Britain is enduring and based on dignified values. 

     

    The older generation in particular still think of Britain as "the country of long shadows on county [cricket] grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, and — as George Orwell said — old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist," as John Major put it. Of course, it has evolved somewhat from when I was younger, but there is still this feeling that we're all in it together, that I believe emanates from the war years, and that the establishment in good-old-Britain could never be corrupt; after all, we fought against fascism.

     

    I have seen this with my own parents. It would be impossible for me to explain to my mum and her husband that in acting in response to the Covid-19 virus, the government may not have the best interests of the general population in mind; in fact, it may be deliberately acting against the interests of the majority of people. My mum's husband absolutely 100% believes that Britain is a 'good' country, doesn't have any knowledge that contradicts this, and indeed won't even entertain any. 

     

    While I'm sure this applies in many countries, I do think it's different in virtually all other European nations, because they have experienced open fascism and authoritarianism, and they don't believe that everything is in stasis as they've witnessed countries collapsing, civil wars, military juntas, the Berlin Wall falling, the end of the Iron Curtain, etc. People in Britain haven't experienced that; my mum's husband's entire impression of current affairs can be summed up by the phrase...and now on BB1 - the News at Ten.

     

    That's why something like this is so dangerous in Britain because most people wouldn't recognise fascism or authoritarianism if it poked them up the bum, whereas that doesn't apply in Berlin, for example.

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  14. 37 minutes ago, Free_your_mind said:

     

    Interesting, 9/11 was a big game changer for me too. Looking back it was a real catalyst, in world events and personal perceptions of the world. Where I probably would have plodded along, dipping into the odd theory here and there. 9/11 sucked me right in and propelled me down the rabbit hole faster that you could say 'dancing Arabs on the bridge'. It certainly was a significant world shaping event. Perception of reality is fascinating to me, I think it is true that we all construct our own reality in some way. There are people out there who will try to alter our perception for our benefit. But, I've moved on from the more wild theories I used to hold on this. I recommend Adam Curtis' documentaries, HyperNormalisation, Bitter Lake, All watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, if you haven't seen them. I think he gets very close to how the world really works.

     

    One of the things I say quite often to my friend, who is very much awake, is that you have to remember...you don't consume any mainstream media, so you're not getting that perspective whatsoever. And then, on top of that, you consume tonnes of alternative media, books, etc. The average person is the polar opposite of that, so it's not that surprising that they cannot reason properly, even if they come out of education with any ability to do this.

     

    I haven't actually seen any of the films you mentioned yet, but I love Century of the Self, also by Adam Curtis, so I can recommend that to you if you haven't seen it!

  15. On the topic of dictatorships and living under them, I've considered this previously and essentially discovered that Britain is the only country in Europe that hasn't either been occupied, lived under open dictatorship, or had a war within its borders in living memory.

     

    France was occupied by Germany, and has a bloody history of civil disobedience anyway.

     

    Germany shouldn't need any explanation! Plus, Germany was partitioned by the Berlin Wall just 30 years ago.

     

    Belgium, Poland, and the Netherlands were all directly involved in the Second World War.

     

    All of the Eastern bloc countries, and former Soviet countries, don't need too much of a lesson in authoritarianism. And there have been Balkan wars and other distress in this region as well.

     

    Turkey is basically a fascist country now.

     

    There was a military coup in Portugal as recently as 1974.

     

    Spain was a fascist dictatorship for most of the 20th century, and had a bloody Civil War shortly before the Second World War.

     

    Italy is notoriously corrupt, and was fascist during the Second World War.

     

    I could go on, but if you investigate the background of virtually any European nation, they know the dangers of fascism and authoritarianism. That's why Britain is so complacent, because we have never experienced this, and many people have been convinced via propaganda that our establishment, institutions, etc, are essentially 'good', rather than the insidiously corrupt institutions that they actually are.

     

    This situation is far more dangerous in the UK than anywhere else, precisely because people trust the BBC, believe in Britain as a country, and even still have a positive view of the Crown. There are still probably plenty of people alive who believe that the British Empire was some moral undertaking; I know that my mother's husband believes this.

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  16. It began in earnest when someone mentioned Building 7 to me, in roughly February 2002. I always questioned things before that, but this cemented my worldview. I had digested tonnes of media coverage on 9/11, and I had never even heard of the 'collapse' of a third building. That was an eye-opener, and probably changed my life.

     

    Having said that, I wouldn't really say that I'm into conspiracies, I just realise that the social conditioning that most of the population absorbs and, to some extent, accepts, bears little or no relation to reality. I largely realised that before 9/11, but this was the catalyst that enabled me to begin to properly understand why I had always deemed the world to be upside-down, and indeed that my instinctual perspective was correct.

  17. I can give you one piece of advice. Get everything in writing. I assume what you've stated in the OP was conveyed verbally. There are very strict laws about discrimination, and you simply cannot discriminate openly against someone for having a disability or medical condition. Of course, in practical terms you can easily discriminate against them, not least by not hiring them in the first place. You just can't say that you're doing it!

     

    If you are 100% certain that you have a valid medical condition, and you've made it 100% clear that you will work and will be cooperative in any reasonable way possible, they have to find a practical way to enable you to conduct your normal duties, particularly as your workplace is seemingly open as normal. 

  18. Before the Covid thing happened, I used to say to people...I don’t know why zombie movies and zombie media are so popular. You don’t need to watch zombie films; the dead walk among us every day.

     

    Do you think the Covid situation has strengthened or weakened that impression?

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  19. 11 hours ago, Macnamara said:

     

    they will not get a 75% uptake on a voluntary vaccine and that is why they will resort to more draconian measures and why we are all headed for some very turbulent times ahead because people will push back

     

    I don't agree, actually. I think they will get a 75% uptake quite easily. We will have to wait and see what happens after that, but I don't think there will be any problem in getting 75% of people to be vaccinated. I think actually you will see in the media people complaining because they can't get access to the vaccine, or can't get access fast enough.

  20. 5 minutes ago, epsom said:

     

    Errr.... WHY are many  people wearing face nappies  in the STREET?.... last time I heard, there was absolutely NO requirement to wear one in the street (they probably wear them indoors and in bed also).

    ..... and the police?.... where is the "social distancing"?.... that is an offence--should have made a citizens arrest.

     

     

    They think that it protects them from contracting a virus. When I was walking my dog yesterday, I noticed that several children at a local school were wearing masks outdoors; obviously their parents had told them to do so.

     

    The fact that it's almost impossible to contract a virus in the open air, and that masks provably provide no protection anyway, just hasn't registered with many people.

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  21. I'm not sure if I posted this before, but you can see an important document here:

     

    https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/vaccination/docs/2019-2022_roadmap_en.pdf

     

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    ROADMAP FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION BASED ON THE COMMISSION COMMUNICATION AND THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION ON STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AGAINST VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES

     

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    - Examine the feasibility of developing a common vaccination card/passport for EU citizens (that takes into account potentially different national vaccination schedules and), that is compatible with electronic immunisation information systems and recognised for use across borders, without duplicating work at national level.

     

    - Establish a European Vaccination Information Sharing system.

     

     

    This pre-dates Covid, you can read some spiel about it here:

     

    https://www.europeanfiles.eu/health/european-commission-roadmap-on-vaccination

     

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    The European Commission has stepped up its action on vaccination, working closely with EU Member States and key partners in the global community. In December 2018, the Council adopted a Recommendation to strengthen EU cooperation on vaccine-preventable diseases. Moving forward, the European Commission has set out a roadmap to ensure better cooperation among Member States.

     

    Firstly, a feasibility study on the development of a common EU vaccination card began this year, with a proposal for a common vaccination document that could help EU citizens continue their vaccination across Member States, is expected in 2022.

     

    The bi-annual Report on the State of Vaccine Confidence in the EU started in 2018. Its role is to monitor attitudes to vaccination on a regular basis. Based on this, guidance that can support Member States in countering vaccine hesitancy will be presented by 2021.

     

    Information is key, in particular to counteract the increasing trend on hesitancy in some of our countries. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will establish a European Vaccination Information Sharing system and provide guidance for developing relevant and trustworthy sources of information for the public, as well as a European vaccination information portal to be launched next year.

     

     

    I have no problem with any of this whatsoever, as long as we retain the right to choose. If you wish to 'educate' people on 'hesitancy' that's fine with me. It's when we are told "you must do this" that it becomes problematical.

  22. 1 minute ago, Orange Alert said:

     

    Here is a short clip from the 2018 BBC documentary Inside the Foreign Office, which was very much like this throughout the series, with Boris having difficulty in concentrating and remembering his lines.

     

     

    I often think about people in these positions. Naturally, and rightly, we focus on the corruption. But it fascinates me sometimes that they're willing to put themselves in these positions, when they could do anything.

     

    I know that a lot of it comes from childhood upbringing, elite conditioning, and probably pure ego, but I look at someone like Trump, and wonder what the fuck he is doing taking on a really difficult job, at his age, in his position, when he hasn't got the slightest idea what he's doing. He has to just follow the counsel of advisors because he doesn't have the remotest clue about anything. He humiliates himself virtually every day, and he has to take on all of these massive responsibilities and difficult situations all of the time, the majority of which he deals with badly. 

     

    You can't ever be 'off', at least not in public. With Boris Johnson there, if someone asked me "what do you think about the diplomatic relationship between Britain and Portugal?", I would say that I couldn't give a toss. They're always going on about the 'special relationship' between the US and the UK; have you actually ever met a real person that cares about this? Or any number of other issues. You're always expected to behave in a certain way, and there's always this expectation to glorify things, or else make them seem like a grave threat. Like in a Tale of Two Cities, it's always the best of times, or the worst of times. It's always the most important election ever that will define the world for generations to come.

     

    If I was as rich as them, I would be doing something enjoyable. I suppose they don't look at it that way, I suppose that they're driven by ego, attention-seeking, what they perceive to be duty, and they ultimately can't enjoy themselves. Maybe once they get to that level, there's too much dirt, and the only way they can preserve themselves is to play ball with what is required of them. If it was me, I would hope that I would take a step back and realise that life is too short to waste on such nonsense as performing before the camera in a vain attempt to convince people that I care about what happened in Portugal during the Second World War because I'm the Foreign Secretary and I'm supposed to know about it (although it's not entirely clear why I'm supposed to know about it).

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