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The Government's comms are an exercise in fear-mongering without context

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When Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance gave an update on the Covid situation yesterday, they were addressing a public that is largely frightened, puzzled, or a combination of the two.

Yet the press conference will have done little to abate these feelings; at times it appeared a deliberate attempt to stoke panic.

The 'highlight' of their announcements was a bizarre chart that showed current UK 'cases' (positive tests) reaching a higher level than in summer, as might be expected (respiratory viral diseases tend to disappear in summer and bounce back when we spend more time indoors as the seasons change) before apparently reaching a plateau (blue bars).

Then followed a seemingly unrelated exponential chart, showing what could happen if cases start doubling every seven days. Though Vallance made it clear that this was projection rather than prediction, in the current febrile atmosphere we should not expect this crucial disclaimer to be mentioned when the chart is reproduced - something the government must surely have been aware of.

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Netflix's 'Cuties' is worse than you think - And not the first attempt by Hollywood to normalize pedophilia and psychopathy

After studying and exposing the agendas of establishment elites for the past 14 years, I can say with some authority that by watching these people you quickly begin to understand the reality of evil. Anyone who dismisses the concept of evil as nothing more than a "social construct" or a matter of "perception" is suffering from either naivety or bias.

They have either been lucky enough to have avoided a run-in with the resident psychopaths in their town, or, they have certain secret tendencies they will not reveal. One thing that I have found most disturbing is the habit of evil people to quickly come to the defense of other evil people they don't even know. That is to say, I was initially shocked to discover the extreme level of fraternity predatory people feel and display when other predatory people are being exposed. It is as if they are an unspoken brotherhood, and they don't like it when their kinsmen are being punished for their crimes.

Yes, there are such things as ignorance, greed, jealousy, unhealthy desire, etc., and all of these frailties can lead to evil deeds. That said, in the majority of cases you will find that MOST people feel guilt, regret, empathy and remorse that prevent them from following through with their basest instincts. This is what we commonly call "conscience", and a greater number of people have it. Without it, our species would have self-destructed and gone extinct thousands of years ago.

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Better Earth

A global uprising against medical tyranny is underway

After six months of intermittent or in some cases near-continuous lockdowns, many have reached their limit and uprisings are finally emerging around the world. The last week of August 2020 saw gatherings of tens of thousands of individuals in Berlin,1 London2 and Dublin,3 protesting stay-at-home orders, business closures, mask and vaccine mandates and Bill Gates' dictatorial grip on public health matters.

In the U.S., a protest took place August 30, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts, against a new student flu vaccination mandate,4 and in Virginia, protesters gathered September 2 in opposition of unconstitutional COVID-19 mandates.5

These are just a few of the many demonstrations that have taken place in recent weeks around the world, as people are starting to realize their human rights are being stripped away over a virus with a lethality on par with that of seasonal influenza and other pandemic viruses, none of which was responded to with a global shutdown of economies and forced quarantining of healthy individuals.

Comment: What a bit of obvious propaganda from Sky News!

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Stop smoking, ditch the pajamas, stay at your desk: how 'bossware' tech is secretly monitoring you working at home

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Marketing specialist works from her home in New Delhi
Think you can take a sneaky break or have a lie-in because you're 'working' remotely? Forget it. Employers are increasingly deploying surveillance software to check how productive staff are at home.

Lockdown and its aftermath has led more and more employees to work from home. Many big firms have already said they won't even attempt to get back staff back to the office until next year, at the earliest, amid discussions about how working from home could become the new normal for at least part of the week.

Working from home has a lot of advantages for many people. It can make childcare easier, for example. Employees can avoid having to deal with annoying colleagues, or coughing up for long, expensive and often uncomfortable commutes.

They can also avoid having their bosses constantly looking over their shoulder - or can they?

Employers are using ever more sophisticated measures to keep tabs on their home-working staff, anxious that they might be shirking, and introducing new rules governing how their workers appear and act.


Airlines now have 'flights to nowhere' for people who miss flying

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As the pandemic continues to disrupt the travel industry, airlines have started offering new services that consider limitations in the "new normal." When flying out of the country isn't an option, passengers can now go on trips with no destination. They've been dubbed "flights to nowhere."

On Sunday, Sept. 13, The Straits Times reported that Singapore Airlines is looking to launch no-destination trips by the end of October as a way to boost the business. Specific details have not been finalized but the package could reportedly include staycation offers, shopping vouchers, and limousine service to ferry customers around the city-state.

The idea has sparked concerns among environmentalists in Singapore. In a statement, environmental activism group SG Climate Rally said the service "encourages carbon-intensive travel for no good reason."

Comment: We can expect to see similarly bizarre coping mechanisms to arise as our planet descends into a particular kind of madness.


Siberian cult leader 'Vissarion' who claims to be 're-incarnation of Jesus Christ' arrested over psychological violence

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Police in Siberia have arrested three leaders of the notorious 'Church of the Last Testament' religious sect on suspicion of using psychological violence to extract income, resulting in "serious harm" to their followers.

Founded in 1991, the movement forbids its adherents from smoking, drinking or exchanging money, and they live as vegetarian subsistence farmers. The sect's creator, Sergey Torop, believes he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and brands himself as 'Vissarion'.

According to Russia's Investigative Committee, Torop, along with other leaders Vadim Redkin and Vladimir Vedernikov, will be charged with "creating a religious association whose activities involve violence against citizens."

Comment: Wikipedia notes:
Vissarion rejected his first wife and married a nineteen-year-old who had lived with him since she was a girl of seven. He has six children from the two marriages.[8]


Melbourne Uni chief says Victoria must address 'difficult' ethical questions

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell
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University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Duncan Maskell
"Every answer to that question is valid in one way or another. If you were to say we have no appetite whatsoever for any deaths from this virus, that is a perfectly reasonable position to take, but you have to take that position knowing the consequences.

"If that decision stops people dying now from the virus, what are the economic consequences of that for people and how will that play out in terms of future mortality? It would be crazy if, hypothetically, we stop 100 people [dying] from the virus but over the next two years, 200 people died from [the effects of] poverty and mental health."

Professor Maskell says decision-makers must consider the role of quality-adjusted life year (QALY), a unit of measurement used by economists to predict and assess the impact of health policies. In simple terms, it assumes that a life near its end, whether because of disease or advanced age, is empirically different to a healthy life closer to its beginning.

Comment: Happily outlining the demise of the University as it was meant to be. This one has drunk the Covid koolaid in full.

Mr. Potato

Most '2020' study so far? Paper implies believing in conspiracy theories helps spread Covid

Belief in conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic is not only persistent but also is associated with reluctance to accept a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available and to engage in behaviors such as mask-wearing that can prevent its spread, according to researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Comment: This article is almost impossible to comment on without being labeled conspiracy theory. But what the heck, here we go. There's no good evidence mask-wearing can "prevent" Covid's spread. And there's no reason to trust in the efficacy of a vaccine.

In a new study, based on a two-wave national panel survey conducted in late March and mid-July, the researchers find that belief in conspiracy theories about the source and seriousness of the pandemic persisted across the four-month period. These beliefs in March were associated with increasing reluctance to adopt preventive behaviors in July, including actions such as mask-wearing and accepting a vaccine when one is available.

Comment: Derp, whaddya know? Beliefs are associated with actions. Glad to finally have that cleared up for us.

"Belief in pandemic conspiracy theories appears to be an obstacle to minimizing the spread of COVID-19," said Dan Romer, research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania, who co-authored the study with APPC director Kathleen Hall Jamieson. "To control the pandemic we need high rates of mask-wearing, physical distancing, and hand-washing now — and of vaccination when a safe and effective vaccine is available."

Comment: Belief in pandemic conspiracy is an obstacle to BS fear-mongering propaganda. To control people's minds, we need high rates of mask-wearing, physical distancing, hand-washing, vaccination, and blindly doing what the authorities tell you to do.

The study was published today in the journal Social Science & Medicine.


Sad celebs self-congratulate their wokeness at Emmys ... with no audience to applause!

Emmys Mark Ruffalo
Touted as the first big televised awards event, the 72nd Emmy Awards aired on September 20 on ABC. The host of the virtual event was late night show host Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel's jokes and bits in front of no live audience were cringe-inducing. Two notable instances came when his opening monologue took a hit at MAGA rallies and when banter with actor Anthony Anderson included a demand for Kimmel to shout "Black Lives Matter!" so "Mike Pence can hear it."

Schitt's Creek was the big winner of the evening. The cast and crew were participating remotely from Canada, where the show hails from. Kimmel made a crack after one award saying, "Trump should have built that wall on the northern border." Kimmel went on to ask if the president had tweeted about the awards show yet. He pretended to remember that it was Sunday so Trump was "probably at church." The winners for Schitt's Creek were apolitical until their last award and even then it was mild by Hollywood standards.

Comment: In case you missed (and chances are high you did because no one cares about the Emmys or celebrities anymore), there was also this cringing scene that essentially sees Kimmel 'bend the knee' to BLM in a wholly degrading and embarrassing 'performance'.


The US is not founded on slavery after all? #1619Gate trends as NYT project memory-holes its central claim

BLM protester
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In what seemed like damage control after President Donald Trump threatened to defund schools teaching the 1619 Project, the New York Times has dropped its claim that US history began with slavery, triggering an immense backlash.

All hell broke loose after the chief author of the 1619 Project attempted on Friday to quietly reverse course on the project's claim that 1619 - the year the first African slaves arrived on American shores - was the nation's "true" founding. Critics also revealed that the paper itself had quietly changed its own text. Even one of the project leader's former colleagues ripped into the paper's lapse in "journalistic ethics" on Sunday, triggering further backlash to the backlash.

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