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No me neither. I've not heard that one.
My personal little pact I've made with myself is, if he plunges the country into another lockdown, then I know for a fact he is in on the scam. That's the cue.
We're being prepped for a second wave. My money's on winter/Christmas. And if he does it, then he's very actively supporting the takeover.
Jitendar Canth says...
"The freedom to fire racist people for being racist cannot be overrated."
When has this ever not been possible? I can't think of a job I've ever had where a racist person has been tolerated for being openly racist. Or are we talking about something else?
Robee J Shepherd says...
"And please don't take this the wrong way, this isn't a new thing, it's been happening for ever."
It has Robee, but not like this.
Thanks for replying. Always found you guys here to be the nicest bunch on the net, and I wouldn't want to say something that outright p***es you all off.
Robee J Shepherd says...
"As a society we have decided it is no longer up for debate that women should get the vote, that gay people should marry, that conversion therapy (although the current government seems to disagree) should be banned, amongst other things.
These are things which were debates that had no right to be debates. I'm pretty sure the things people are being de-platformed for now will be seen the same by all but the old farts who miss being able to treat some sections of society as less than a human being."
There are a lot of people, whom in trying to remain above the debate and keep what they feel is a clear head, feel this way. I get it.
Please don't take me the wrong way, but it's wrong sadly, and misses the nuance and detail in what is actually happening. It simplifies and compartmentalises it neatly, but it's not the truth.
Robee J Shepherd says...
"There is definitely a loony left, but all this talk of how dangerous they are is ludicrous when the right are clearly in power with a huge majority, and they got there as a reaction to Corbyn who was clearly very far left.
It's like going on about how dangerous cancel culture is, when you have a huge audience of people who can hear what you say, and saying things doesn't change that."
My fear at the moment is who controls discourse, and when you peer down the rabbit hole it's very worrying. You can't deny that people have been getting de-platformed for years in Uni's and now it's happening on Twitter, YouTube etc. Channels getting taken down just because they aren't towing the line. The very idea of de-platforming people in Uni's is amazing to me. You don't like what they say, well turn up and engage in the discussion. Don't just shove your fingers in your ears. These are supposed to be the places where the brightest minds engage in debate for God's sake.
Personally I think the discussion about who controls the discussion ultimately is heading towards us, and I'm not sure if we're equipped to deal with it.
Like I've said before, I'd love it if I were proved wrong, and I'll be happy if you can all point and laugh at me gently rocking in the corner.
Si Wooldridge says...
"Sadly that's because those on the left believe anyone who doesn't agree with them is far right and evil, failing to understand it's the rejection of their politics that led to Trump, Brexit et al.
I see nothing to suggest they get that, which is why I believe that Trump will win again despite everything.
And that's a shame..."
You are completely right. I'm glad someone else can see this.
At least here, Keir Starmer is making good, bold decisions and trying to clear out the Mao-mentum bunch...
Before it's too late.
Because even if you don't see yourself ever voting Labour again, as many I've spoken to state, we at the very least need strong opposition. Tentatively, I think Keir may have a shot at that. Fingers crossed.
I was laughing at an opinion piece on the Telegraph earlier, can't find it now, saying that yes Russia meddles but it is largely ineffective and has no impact on us.
Wow. The lack of basic awareness is simply stunning.
You only have to take a look at the world around you now. You only have to go on Twitter to see the rampant militant left has completely taken over discourse about a large number of subjects, so much so that it is filtering through to actual policy. World no longer making everyday sense? Feeling like down is up? 2+2 no longer equalling 4? That's because that's how you're supposed to feel, because their game is very much in progress and simmering nicely. Dunderhead in power in the US and UK? Check. Online discourse poisoned the young people and crawling upwards, leading to unjustified unrest on the streets? Check? Economy tanked completely by "pandemic" and a useless and ignorant government?
Oh very much yes.
Wonder what they have planned next?
alfie noakes says...
"I absolutely despair.
Constant bullshit conspiracies, constant misinformation with zero proof.
Have a look at the actual excess death figures. They are real. Real people are dying in large numbers.
Sometimes I wish we'd just open up the country completely and then the reality would really come home to some people because a big, unignorable chunk of the population would die. Just have a look at how well that's working out for America. The disease is close to rampant, and that's with a partial lockdown.
Humanity is f***ed."
Shouting at me, but ask yourself this - how is it OK, no, practically endorsed by the media, for "protesters" to march around the country in their unwashed covid-ridden swathes, yet when the pubs legitimately reopen, or regular people go to the beach, you are a beast because you are killing grandma?
Lets at least make the narrative consistent and cohesive. It's anything but. What about all those people who have lost their lives unrelated to covid? People who have and still are suffering with their health in various ways. The "science" seems to me to want to point to a zero sum game for covid, but we all know that isn't possible. So, what's the endgame? Stay indoors forever?
Swallow away, I don't buy it all, and reserve the right to see what is happening and question what the endgame is here.
I heard an interesting thing the other day. A nurse apparently, noticed that every other test her hospital was sending away for Covid was coming back positive. So, as an experiment, she sent away two tests that hadn't actually been used on anyone. Both came back positive.
Now the person who said this apparently said, hey, you can take this with a pinch of salt. I'm just a guy on the internet. However to me, if this is true and we accept it for a brief moment, what on earth is really happening here?
Thanks for replying guys, you make some good points.
My fear is what is coming next.
We're currently living in a world where we are being told what you knew yesterday is gone. The New Normal. And as such, up is down now, 2+2 no longer equals 4, men can be women, and generally speaking, if you're white you are by default a racist. Not to mention the virus and the fallout of the lockdowns and its effect on the public mental health. A war is being waged on the very way we think, and oh look, here comes those wonderful elites we all trust so much to save the day.
Government incompetence is part of the deal. It's how they are getting this far, and they are attempting to seize on it. Easily discredited figures like Johnson and Trump can and will be removed because the media across the western world has lurched left, and their mistakes are easily exposed. Not hard to make Trump look a wally when he won't stay off Twitter. Easily discredited. Your leaders are fools, look! Tech companies are now in the pockets of the militant left, how the hell did that happen? So that all helps them discredit governments.
It all sounds crazy, but yet there it is unfolding before me. I'm thinking of my own job now, and what value there will be in it as a public facing person if we do eventually open up to the public. I can certainly see a time when I'm watching my own or my colleagues losing their job for misgendering someone or being accused of being racist or something similarly new normal crazy.
Lets see. I still have hope that it's just me going nuts, been inside too long, staring into the abyss of the internet. But even then, that is the tool de jour for this, is it not?
Check your thinking peeps.
This item was edited on Monday, 29th June 2020, 08:24
Here's my take on it - there's not going to be a reopening of Britain. Not no chance, no way. Boris will do the theatre of opening, make it look like he fully intends to, but it won't really happen. Why? Because all of this - the lockdown over this stupid virus and the fear of it that's been spreading as a result, the rioting and militant leftist organisations being allowed, nay encouraged and supported by the media across the world, it all feeds into the narrative for The Great Reset. I advise you to Google that phrase, then say I'm a crank. I want you to tell me I'm nuts and this isn't happening. PLEASE do.
Things are being seized my friends. And I'll tell you what, I am no conspiracy theorist. I take all that stupid crap with a pinch of salt. But I can't unsee this. It's OK everyone! They're going to fix it! Hmmm, yeah sure.
Prove me wrong. Lets see how we all feel in a years time. But look at this - we are in the fourth month of this nonsense. FOUR months. Can't go to the match, can't go to the pictures or a show, can't bob for a drink with your mates, can't even get a bloody haircut. I don't buy anymore that this is because of a virus. And I don't buy the stats.
They're now, as expected, trying to prep you up for the next wave. Which will mean more lockdowns and more insanity. In truth, we knew they were going to do this didn't we? And look how they try to frame it. "Those stupid people going to the beach". Yeah those fools, trying to reclaim their lives.
And if lockdown comes again, whether local or national, between now and say the end of the year, who's to say there won't be more of it next year, or more after that? Because it's so easy isn't it? Just send them back indoors. Yeah it's a breeze. You can just switch people on and off like this, over and over for sure, until they go mad and top themselves.
And will the epidemiologists be around to pick up the pieces of those who suffered or even died due to being in lockdown for so long? Do they even understand the bigger picture outside of this virus? I certainly don't think so. What about all those who died simply by being alone, or unable to get help? What will we all say when we potentially finally tally up the figures only to see that the lockdown caused more deaths than it saved? We've not even scratched the surface of what's gone on behind closed doors during all this. I dread to think. And the poor kids too, in difficult home situations, the ones that no one has seen for weeks and weeks. It is genuinely upsetting and distressing.
Ooh look, just in time for Marxism. Lovely, all the champagne socialists want white people dead. I'm sure this will all work out just great.
Jitendar Canth says...
"...we shouldn't be surprised at the body count increasing."
To be honest, I am so far past towing that narrative now. I don't put any stock whatsoever in the government figures being released, in how these deaths are being recorded vs how other countries are doing it, in the total numbers they release. It's all a fudgery. Sorry, but that's how I see it.
We are well into the fourth month of lockdown, and enough is enough. Four months, spent largely indoors doing nothing. I for one am glad all those people took to the beach the other day. It's a form of protest, and it's time now for decent people to reclaim the land. Why should this be allowed to continue? What about all the people who have suffered immeasurably during this period? What about the kids? It's a joke I cannot defend any further, since there is no reasonable sane need to do so.
The economy will struggle to recover, people's well-being will be a massive uphill fight that many will not have in them. What will life be if we let this continue?
And then you have to question - who has seen the opportunity to seize power in this? I would say have a look at The Corbett Report on YouTube. I'm not saying I believe it all, but you cannot tell me there isn't something in a lot of what this guy has reported.
I'm just about ready to walk away. Who's with me? Not many, I would imagine. It's not a popular viewpoint.
I think it's fair to question this all. The longer it goes on the less patience I have with it and now I worry it is starting to morph into something I didn't agree with at the beginning. Shaming people for going on the beach and yet it's fine for protesters to bunch together for several weekends taking down statues etc? I'm starting to think we're being had tbh, and I have been down the conspiracy rabbit hole. I don't believe all of it, but you cannot tell me there's no truth to some of it.
Then I see something called The Great Reset, and the alarm bells start to ring in me.
I'm at the point now where I'm more than happy to take my chances with the virus, and if it kills me, good. The s***ty world that will be left behind won't be worth living in anyway.
Glad to see this one go. Kudos to Starmer for starting the Labour repair job in fine style! The Tories will be upset as her bunch were seen as a boon to Conservative voting but for the sake of everyone's sanity she, along with Momentum, have to go.
The world is a crazy place right now, and she was one of the craziest. Crikey, I might be able to vote Labour again at some point! If you'd have told me that a week ago I wouldn't have believed you. Still lots of work left to do. Society as a whole is in need of a serious repair job...
Si Wooldridge says...
"What an idiot."
Well, I know it sounds bad but to be fair he's an extremely hard working bloke. H'e often out at 5:30 in the morning and not back until late. Sometimes he stays out on the road for days. I can't entirely blame them for feeling this way.
Si Wooldridge says...
"adjust to the new normal..."
Not you too! Noooooooo!
I genuinely feel for people under threat. There's going to be some serious questions asked of governments around the world, not least of all ours, come August when reality hits.
I was listening to a neighbour saying to another one "ooh we could do with a furlough every year"! Hmm, lets see if you feel this way in a month or two when there's no job to return to. No schadenfreude here - I genuinely hope it doesn't come to that, but it's not looking good. This easing of the lockdown isn't exactly convincing. There's no way I'm going shopping on the high street right now. Not because of the virus, I couldn't give a monkeys about that. No it's because of the unique Russian style shopping experience you have to endure. Stand here, go that way, wait, queue here. Wait. Follow the lines...
Nuts to that. I think many feel the same way too.
Well, sadly Sturgeon seems to have a separate agenda and sources close to her have intimated that she wants to use this crisis to be able to get a border between us. I don't know how much of that is true or just hyperbole, but definitely Scottish stats recently are very good and it seems to me to be difficult to make a case to continuing to stay indoors. Scottish people can't be very happy with Sturgeon surely at the moment, if it's true she's trying to score political points with this.
I'm not saying I disagree that the app should have been ready, or the Tories have been lacking in many ways. It's just that I can't see how much further into lockdown people could be expected to reasonably go. Three months is a very long time. Many people I know who are still at risk (I won't tell you where I work but suffice to say I'm a local council worker) are willing to take the risk to come out and live again. And I get that. I think as long as people are respectful and responsible, I think we'll be OK.
This item was edited on Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 16:04
Well yeah. I mean, I never believed that was going to happen anyway. The app I mean. I imagined that would be a winter thing, despite what they said.
But with the app not ready, should we just wait for it? Genuine question, not being an arsehole! I can't remember what the status of it is, since I'd already psychologically discounted anyway.
Not aimed at you guys, but some people have been doing their nuts about this on the internet. But seriously, what is your alternative?
The virus isn't physically going away for some time. The best we can hope for now is herd immunity like you say or better still, the virus mutates into a less lethal form, which I believe some scientists are already reporting in Italy.
The fact is we can't stay indoors any further. There's only a negative result now from this. We are only just beginning to see the damage it has caused to the economy, not to mention the impact on everyone's health one way or another. If we were trying to protect the NHS from it, job done from a virus point of view but I suspect the NHS will get absolutely rammed now with everything else.
There does seem to be a vocal minority of people (not saying you or anyone here) who do indeed seem to think the best idea is to stay indoors until it all goes away. Well, it isn't going away and people gotta live. Unless you have a reasonable alternative idea we can explore, then Boris is doing the right thing imho.
Very hard to switch away from what looks like a society on the brink of collapse. I hope this isn't the case. I have been keeping away from it for the most part, though occasionally I'll spot something and I'm dragged in. For example this week's removal of The Leagues from Netflix. There I was happily minding my own business when the thought police barged in and removed my favourite comedies from my streaming service, not to mention the BBC making a right balls of things.
I've already stopped the DD to the BBC. I'm not paying for it anymore. Don't want Netflix to be the next but I will if I have to.
Lots of Retropie, so I've been playing Monster World IV for the Mega Drive. Got the English translation and it is a brilliant game. Also Soleil, aka Crusader of Centy. Zelda like thing with bags of Sega character. Also dipping into various things like SF2 Special Champion Edition and Sensi on MD
Outside of those I've been playing a bit of FIFA 20 and the Shenmue games (all three) on PS4. Got my eye on Hotshot Racing which hopefully will be launching before too long. All Sega vibes!
alfie noakes says...
"It's still not certain that having survived covid-19 automatically makes you immune. There are cases in South Korea of people becoming reinfected after having it. We still don't understand it very well."
My understanding of this is it's more a potential failing of the tests used in South Korea than anything else. This is the same test I believe that the UK government bought a load of but then did a u-turn on sending out to the frontline as they found its reliability to be not very good.
Coping with the lockdown? I'm not gonna want to go back!
Remember that scene in Stir Crazy, when Gene Wilder is thrown into solitary confinement and then they turn up weeks later, and he begs to be left in "just one more day, I was just getting into myself".
We watched 7, 8 and then 9 as we went into lockdown last week. Parts 7 and 8, especially 8 have aged well I think. I was always surprised by the reaction 8 got on the internet. It's a good SW film imho, and a very interesting middle part. But by god what a mess part 9 is. I really didn't expect it to turn out like this. Considering where it was left I thought they had so many things they could do with it. Kylo becoming more powerful, taking Snoke's place! OMG he's trying to dredge up the Empire! His story was way more powerful than Anakin's in the prequels. But no we get this crazy mash of crap just thrown at the screen in the hope that some of it might work. None of it did. There was simply no story or anything of interest happening. Worse, it undid all the good stuff and goodwill earned that came before in 7 and 8.
A lesson in how not to react to internet reactionaries. Those people who came out decrying TLJ are what caused this shocking mess, much like the goddawful Attack of the Clones after The Phantom Menace.
Luckily I have the wonderful despecialized editions so I can forget all this crap.
This item was edited on Monday, 6th April 2020, 07:12
Robee J Shepherd says...
"I think if anything the results show that Momentum have lost their influence completely, which is good.
Because I still subscribe to the philosophy that the best option to run the country is always going to be the least worst option, I will just settle for actually having an opposition again."
Yes I agree the results do show this, but only time will tell if this changes anything. They've already said they intend to keep playing a role. I'm hoping Keir knows how to deal with them, otherwise they're back where they started. The country has rejected the kind of politics they are peddling quite emphatically. We need a decent opposition again like you say, but my god what damage they have caused. It's going to take some time to put that right with people.
They have a helluva job to convince me to vote Labour again after the recent s***show it's been. Corbyn aside, I see Momentum as a massive problem and if they aren't stepping aside, I ain't voting Labour.
Lol, I didn't really intend calling them as it's largely very mild and I'm even feeling a bit better today. My sense of smell is very much impaired though and taste has gone completely.
I suppose all I can do now is wait and see if it progresses. Good thing I've got an apocalyptic collection of gaming to be getting on with!
Yes of course, I'm assuming I have even if the missus isn't lol. Pleased to see frontline nurses are going to be getting tested, thank god.
I don't have any health issues and neither does the missus, but my daughter has mild asthma. They're both keeping their distance which is fine. I'm feeling OK today, other than some earache and a complete loss of the sense of taste. For some reason that disappeared yesterday. Very faint sense of smell but nothing tastes of anything. Don't remember this being one of the symptoms lol, could just be a regular flu but still, I'll be keeping off the streets for a week now.
This item was edited on Saturday, 28th March 2020, 09:48
Think I bloody might have! Had a funny cough all week - very on and off. Today I feel like my temp is going up a bit (ears are burning) and quite light headed and tired. Might just be a bloody cold or normal flu, but without proper testing what chance do we have?
Missus says I'm hypochondriac. She'll change her tune if it is and she gets it worse!