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Just now, Anti Facts Sir said:

These terrorists keep driving into the gates/walls, knowing they're not gonna get any further. "Yeah, I've got great idea....put a flag/white sheet in the boot, get in the motor and let's ram some government entrances!".

 

 

It is bizarre to say the least, the nazi flag and the white sheet though is just as bizarre if it was intended to be a message of some sort, false flags increasing, might be getting more reports of this type of nonsense, 🤔

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I know this kind of incident is always tragic, but why do the media word their headlines to make it sound like it was the train's fault?

 

Person hit by train in Marston Green with huge emergency response

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National Rail confirmed a person was hit by a train which triggered a massive emergency response in Solihull earlier today. Scores of responders from police, ambulance and the fire brigade rushed to Marston Green railway station just before midday.

Sadly National Rail has confirmed that emergency services had attended an incident where a person was hit by a train. BirminghamLive has approached British Transport Police for a statement.

Passengers were asked to leave the train carriages at the platform. Five major train routes are affected, with disruption expected to continue up to 3.45pm today, Saturday, May 27.

from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/person-hit-train-marston-green-27006204

 

Someone can only be hit by a train if they are standing on the line, which means they would have been trespassing - it's not like the train went out of control and was roaming the streets of Marston Green looking for someone to knock over. 🙄

 

Apart from confirmation that "a person was hit by a train", there's predictably no other details to this story, apart from what's been tweeted by West Mids Fire Service and West Midlands Railway.

 

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"If you’ve been affected by what happened on the network today, there is always someone to talk to. You can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 from any phone for a confidential chat."

 

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Oh yes, I saw this one coming...

 

Octopus introduces major change with new tariff - but customers have to get on a waiting list

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 Octopus is to ask 50,000 people to go on a waiting list to switch to a new tariff. It comes as the new energy price cap has been announced by Ofgem.

Ofgem's cap, coming in from July 1, will see the average household dual-fuel bill set at £2,074 a year. Reflecting recent falls in wholesale prices, it is £426 lower than the current £2,500 Energy Price Guarantee that the Government has put in place until the end of June.

Responding to the changes in the market as prices tumble, Octopus Energy is to ask thousands to sign up for its its "one-of-a-kind" Tracker tariff. It will offer the deal, which it describes as "Britain's fairest energy tariff", to 50,000 existing customers from July 1 and is also asking people with other suppliers to switch and join the waiting list.

Offering "dynamic daily pricing" and "100 per cent renewable electricity", Octopus said: "Tracker's transparent daily prices follow wholesale energy costs: when wholesale prices are low, your energy's cheaper - and vice versa."

It explained: "Octopus Tracker is Britain's first tariff to truly follow the wholesale price of energy. Every day, we update the price of your energy based on an independently published wholesale market price - the price available to all suppliers.

"Tracker is available for electricity and gas. Over the warmer months, prices tend to be lower, and we expect them to increase – likely double – when the heating comes on and the sun starts setting earlier."

But it cautioned that Tracker's price cap protection is a lot higher than the Ofgem energy price cap, which could mean householders end up paying much more than the maximum set by the regulator if wholesale prices shoot up.

from: https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/cost-of-living/octopus-introduces-major-change-new-26998956

 

And yes, of course there's a catch:

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In order to get the Tracker tariff, people need a working smart meter.

 

😛

 

I must admit that it's not very often that I make a prediction that comes true, but bloody hell I pretty much called this one last year:

The real reason for ‘smart meters’ is becoming ever more apparent

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Now at this time, I’m not aware of any energy companies who offer ‘special’ fixed term tariffs to customers with smart meters, but I’m pretty sure this will be the next step down the line.

Because at the end of the day, regardless of whether you have a smart meter or not, your basic unit cost is still fixed at a certain amount, regardless of the time of day.

But what I think is coming, and perhaps not that far off now, will be new tariff rates, tailored for those with or without smart meters.

Consumers without smart meters will end up with higher fixed unit costs – after all if energy suppliers cannot measure your hour-by-hour usage, they’ll just go for the ‘worst-case’ option.

The incentive will be for consumers to get upgraded to ‘smart meters’ and then you’ll get access to ‘flexible pricing’; I don’t know how this will be presented for certain, but I imagine it will be spun in a way that unit rates will be charged within a ‘range’, with the marketing emphasis being placed on “from as little as…” as is the usual trick.

from: https://thegrumpyowl.co.uk/2022/06/27/the-real-reason-for-smart-meters-is-becoming-ever-more-apparent/

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Anti Facts Sir said:

They're being very obvious, even calling it bloody Tracker!

 

Exactly, and it's being spun in a way that it sounds like people can save money, thus 'incentivising' people to have a smart meter installed, and the article even mentions how people are being 'encouraged' to switch from their current provider even though they will just end up on a waiting list.

 

This is just the 'first test', mark my words if enough people start switching to Octopus, then other energy suppliers will be racing to offer the same.

 

They can market this as 'fair pricing' all they want, I can see what their game is and I'm not playing it.

 

Energy prices are at a 'high' right now and while they are starting to fall, people would be wise not to lock themselves into a long-term 2 or 3 year 'fixed rate' tariff just yet - as I sensibly did in 2021 - I think those days are over now, and thus the 'comparison' websites will continue to be next to useless.

 

I coined the term "flexible pricing" but it seems that Octopus are going with 'dynamic daily pricing' which sounds kind of trendy and hip.

 

 

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"It's okay when we do it!"

 

Police to take no action against Staffordshire University lecturer in anti-Semitism probe

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Dr Rizwan Mustafa shared content promoting the destruction of Israel and described Jews as “filth”, according to an official report on the Government's anti-terrorism strategy Prevent.

The matter was put forward for investigation by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster. He said that after a "thorough" probe that had treated the matter with the "seriousness that it required", the force had concluded that no further action would be taken.

West Bromwich East MP Nicola Richards has written to the Security Minister criticising the decision, saying the position adopted by the police was "unacceptable" and would damage relations with the Jewish community.

In a letter to , Mr Foster said: "West Midlands Police have concluded that, in their view, neither the material referenced in the independent review of Prevent, nor the manner in which it was shared, contravenes Section 58 of the Terrorism Act 2000 or the Public Order Act 1986.

"As a consequence, West Midlands Police have determined that they will not be taking further action in connection with this matter."

from: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2023/05/27/police-to-take-no-action-against-staffordshire-university-lecturer-in-anti-semitism-probe/

 

So, what's significant about this fella?

 

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Dr Mustafa currently holds a senior position at Staffordshire University as the police training lead. He was a police officer for 10 years and was founding chair of the West Midlands branch of the National Association of Muslim Police.

 

Draw your own conclusions...

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On 5/26/2023 at 3:25 PM, bamboozooka said:

not exactly fast and furious now is it.

 

 

 

Still sounds great, but have we learned anything since this gem emerged, 👍

 

 

Mmm
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La-da-da, da-da da, da-dee
La-da-da, da-da
La-da-da, da-da-da

Whoa, the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meanin' what they say now
And never sayin' what they mean

While they wile away the hours
In their ivory towers
Til they're covered up with flowers
In the back of a black limousine
Whoa-ah

La-da-da, da-da-da, da-da
La-da-da, da-da da, da-dee
Talkin' 'bout you and me
And the games people play now

Whoa, we make one another cry
Break a heart then we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and we hope to die
That the other was to blame
Whoa-ah

But neither one ever will give in
So we gaze at an eight by ten
Thinkin' 'bout the things that might have been
And it's a dirty rotten shame
Whoa-ah

La-da-da, da-da-da, da-da
La-da-da, da-da da, da-dee
Talkin' 'bout you and me
And the games people play now, now

Oh, yes
Oh, alright
Oh, yes
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon

Whoa oh-oh-oh-oh-ah

Now, look at here
People walkin' up to you
Singin' glory hallelujah
And they try to sock it to you
In the name of the Lord

They're gonna teach you how to meditate
Read your horoscope, cheat your faith
And furthermore, to hell with hate
C'mon on get on board
Whoa-ah

La-da-da, da-da-da, da-da
La-da-da, da-da da, da-dee
Talkin' 'bout you and me
And the games people play

Now, wait a minute
Look around, tell me what you see
What's happenin' to you and me?
God grant me the serenity
To just remember who I am
Whoa-ah

Cause you've given up your sanity
For your pride and your vanity
Turned your back on humanity
Oh, and you don't give a

Da, da, da, da, da

La-da-da, da-da-da, da-da
La-da-da, da-da da, da-dee
I keep a-talkin' 'bout you and me, brother
And the games people play now, now

La-da-da, da-da-da, da-da
La-da-da, da-da da, da-dee
Oh, I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
Oh, and the games people play

I wonder can you come out and play
Oh, early in the mornin'
Oh, yeah
Talkin' 'bout you and me
And the games people play now, now

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And again, "it's okay when we do it!"

 

MPs asked to repay driving fines claimed on expenses

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Four MPs are being asked to repay hundreds of pounds in driving fines which they claimed on expenses.

Government minister Amanda Solloway claimed an £80 fixed penalty notice issued by Transport for London in 2020.

Tory MPs Simon Hoare and Bim Afolami, and SNP MP Dave Doogan, also put through similar claims.

MPs are not allowed to claim for fines and some were wrongfully paid out, but at least one MP is understood to have already paid back the money.

Ms Solloway, Derby North MP and energy minister, claimed back a fixed penalty notice which was issued on 2 July 2020, according to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA) expenses register.

Mr Doogan, SNP MP for Angus, claimed for a £160 fine in January 2022.

The register also shows Mr Hoare, the MP for North Dorset who also chairs the Commons Northern Ireland Committee, claimed four times for £80 fines issued in November 2019, while Mr Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, claimed for two £80 fines in December 2021.

from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-65736601

 

You'd think with the money these people earn as MPs or ministers, they'd have no problem paying these 'trivial' amounts out of their own pockets.

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1 hour ago, Grumpy Owl said:

"It's okay when we do it!"

 

Police to take no action against Staffordshire University lecturer in anti-Semitism probe

from: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2023/05/27/police-to-take-no-action-against-staffordshire-university-lecturer-in-anti-semitism-probe/

 

So, what's significant about this fella?

 

 

Draw your own conclusions...

 

They take no action because he is a Semite himself, so in effect he has actually called himself 'filth' whether he uses the jew label or not, 👍

And do not forget, your government loves you!!!

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23 minutes ago, Grumpy Owl said:

And again, "it's okay when we do it!"

 

MPs asked to repay driving fines claimed on expenses

from: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-65736601

 

You'd think with the money these people earn as MPs or ministers, they'd have no problem paying these 'trivial' amounts out of their own pockets.

 

Not when they consider themselves as being above the Law as the break-away civilisation as they see themselves as, midazolan matt is the perfect study to get inside the mind set, SNAP!!!

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MONEY FOR NOTHING

Universal basic income to be trialled in England for first time

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A universal basic income of £1,600 a month is set to be trialled in England for the first time under “exciting” plans drawn up by researchers.

 

Under the pilot programme, 30 people in two areas would be paid an unconditional lump sum each month for two years, with the effects monitored to understand how it affects their lives.

 

Advocates of a basic income say the policy would provide security to people both in and out of work and eradicate poverty for good, while critics say it is expensive and that support should be targeted.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-basic-income-trial-england-uk-b2350443.html

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21 minutes ago, Nemo said:

MONEY FOR NOTHING

Universal basic income to be trialled in England for first time

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A universal basic income of £1,600 a month is set to be trialled in England for the first time under “exciting” plans drawn up by researchers.

 

Under the pilot programme, 30 people in two areas would be paid an unconditional lump sum each month for two years, with the effects monitored to understand how it affects their lives.

 

Advocates of a basic income say the policy would provide security to people both in and out of work and eradicate poverty for good, while critics say it is expensive and that support should be targeted.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-basic-income-trial-england-uk-b2350443.html

 

More paedophilic mentality, instead of a bag of sweeties they come right out with bribery, it is my ambition to have a credit score of ZERO, and what better place to start than by saying, FUK THE GOVERNMENT, AND FUK RIGHT OFF, MEH!!!

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7 hours ago, factJack said:

Man arrested for choice of clothing.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-65800061

 

I agree with the arrest because it was just so weak and pathetic, it should of read in big bold letters, 28 YEARS FOR THE BLEEDIN OBVIOUS TO COME OUT THAT WE KNEW 28 YEARS AGO OF THE CONSPIRING TO PROTECT THOSE RESPONSIBLE, WE DO NOT FORGET!!!

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