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  1. Here is what the government and BOE have done. Iv just been in Lidl and a very old lady in front of me at the till.She asked the girl on the till if she could tell her when the bill reached £27.23 as thats all she had and she would have to put back anything over that "everything is just going up so much".Got to a few items left and hit her target,she said oh the cheese ,i needed that,no its ok thankyou. Lovely decent old lady likely only has the pension. On a brighter note i bought the lady the cheese,i insisted,
    50 points
  2. Hi all, Long-time lurker, and very seldom post on forums, but feel compelled to share this anecdote. My partner is NHS, and had a heart-to-heart with a midwife today after she delivered a near full-term still-born. She normally deals with a handful of such cases a year, but can’t believe the number of late-term still-born babies in the last 6 months. They discussed possible reasons, which included long-term damage from covid, and expectant mothers missing appointments. No mention of the elephant in the room of course. Sounds like she’s over-worked, emotionally exhausted, and seriously considering quitting. Apparently she’s going to be even busier because her colleague is soon going off on maternity leave. I couldn’t help but have the horribly morbid thought that she may soon be off on compassionate leave instead. Anyway, the tale has stayed with me all evening, and left me feeling thoroughly despondent.
    49 points
  3. I honestly don't know how some SME firms are surviving this inflation spike, liquidation bow wave coming perhaps. I have a small business and at one point our cashflow was -£300k where we expected to be as our stock value went from £500k at start of the year up to £800k inside first 6-7 months of year. Inflation on basically everything we buy. Given we price quarterly at best in terms of contracts we were (and still are) constantly chasing this cash deficit. We pay 95% of our suppliers on the usual 30 day terms or so yet some of our biggest customers (Multi-nats) buy from us on 60 day terms (max we allow). So we have an entire quarter for instance of absorbing inflationary increases (and paying for them inside 30 days) BEFORE we can even move the price. Then when we do move the price we wait for 60 days to get paid for it. So we're in effect 5 months behind what is happening. But all that while prices continually go up so when we have adjusted our price in a new quarter it is behind the curve again and we're chasing across the same cycle. We have survived because we carry quite a bit of cash on the balance sheet relative to a lot of small businesses but this year has been a massive eye opener as to how easy it is to lose even a fundamentally profitable business due to inflation and cashflow. I was talking to one of my customers (paints/industrial cleaning products) this last week who said 1st Jan 2022 it is a 25% increase on EVERYTHING he sells. It is that or curtains. I think the consumer has been sheltered from 90% of the inflation thus far as producers first waited to see if is was transitory (it isn't), then taken a hit with the speed in which they can move their own prices (supermarkets/retain chains can lock you in) and now they have no choice but to start passing every penny on as can't sustain any more cost increases. We spend £4k a month on electricity and I am getting concerned this could be £5.5k a month by the time we come to renew within 24 months. Add on forthcoming business rates review (deferred originally due to COVID), a forthcoming 31.6% increase to our corporation tax which doesn't seem to have caught any attention from the public...from 19% to 25%. Our debts we have to pay AFTER we have posted a profit and paid tax on it so this is an issue. And an 11% increase to our employers NI bill (13.8% to 15.3% is an 11% increase in this tax). The government is raping us (SMEs) on the altar of the sacred NHS. Of course add in significant wage inflation, the aforementioned inflation across pretty much every business consumable and stock item and then you have the perfect storm. For the first time in years we saw INTRA month pricing on some commodities we buy this month. They won't even fix for a month before prices ramp up again.
    47 points
  4. Apologies to all of those who have had to put up with my endless tales surrounding my low level skirmishes with the local education system. Tonight was the local school cross country trial for primary schools in our area. My son wanted to give it a go again this year so he came home in his PE kit and we drove the 3 miles to the school hosting the event. After getting parked up we went into the school playing fields at the back of the playground, my son trotted off to his school group and I settled down alone on one of the many benches at the edge of the playing fields to watch the event. After about 5 minutes before the race had started one of the teachers or assistants peeled away from the children and walked about 50 metres over the field to me. She asked me to leave the bench as the school had requested that no one was allowed to watch the race on school grounds. Apparently this was due to covid. Once my brain managed to understand the absurdity of her request and the fact that she was only following orders I walked over the field and removed him from the race. On the way back to the car passing the teacher with my son I asked if she was happy with asking parents to leave the field? My biggest concern was for my son. so I explained to him that only by standing up to these idiots would anything change and that the best thing that could happen would have been for every parent to take the same course of action that we had taken. Thankfully he understood the complete lunacy of these people, and although disappointed he put a very brave face on it. Best thing was that it started pissing down as we drove off, so we both ended up laughing about it in the car. There really is a special place in hell for these low level enforcers destroying children's happiness.
    47 points
  5. Top guy. It's interesting how much you can tell about a person by their eyes and general demeanour. He's alive, he's got a well integrated mind/spirit, seems centred, grounded. Maybe that's part of being a professional sportsperson, very much in tune with mind/body? And putting his neck above the parapet, just because he wants truth to be heard. Might catch some flack, but he doesn't seem to care about that. Great stuff.
    42 points
  6. A person I know (good mate really), got vaccinated in the summer. He’s young (35), and as far as I know healthy. Got vaccinated as he wanted to go on a Caribbean holiday. He actually had reservations about the jab but felt he had no choice as he’d miss out on a great holiday. I should say he was healthy. 14 days after the jab he developed swelling and pain in his joints - particularly his hands. Arthritic pain. “Bearable at first”. I told him when he first reported it what I thought the issue was. I connected it to the vaccine. He said “come to think about it the pain did come on about a fortnight after he had the vaccine” He went to the docs 6 weeks ago and they dismissed it after doing blood tests. The pain has got progressively worse and he’s in agony. He told me the other day it has spread from his hands to his knees, elbows and back. All his joints. He looks fucked. Absolutely destroyed. “Not sleeping well at all as pain is so bad”. He had an emergency appointment with the doctor on Tuesday this week as he is getting really worried as pain and aches spreading around his body concentrating in the joints. Anyway he sent me this text….
    41 points
  7. Just heard on a R4 interview (just before 9am) their two chosen experts saying that 'of course the vaccines don't protect very well against infection or transmission'. This was accepted by the interviewer without comment. They're rewriting the 'truth'. What's really needed is for a few journalists to start saying 'but any experts that posted this exact thing on social media only 6 months ago were branded as peddling misinformation -- what's going on here?'
    40 points
  8. The Delta Coof finally caught up with me last week after 20 months, just when I was starting to think I was bulletproof due to my supplement regime/ possible previous early infection in Dec 2019. I figure I caught it at a family funeral in London last week, either from a cousin who subsequently tested positive or from the twat coughing his guts out opposite me on the train back home. Started feeling weariness on the Friday which intensified over Saturday which along with a cough took me to my bed where I sweated through Sunday and most of Monday with the heating maxxed-out. Returned a strong positive LFT test on Tuesday and booked a PCR for Weds which has also just returned positive today. So far, the symptoms have been just coughing/ sneezing and extreme tiredness, maybe a little bit more tinnitus (could just be from the ibuprofen) - no loss of taste, headache, shortness of breath or undue lung involvement (beyond a bit of clear pleghm). By way of treatment, I doubled-up my supplements and have added-in a 75mg aspirin, a clove of raw garlic pd, Beechams Powders and lo-dose ibuprofen. Symptoms started to subside yesterday and today (7 days in) I'm starting to feel normal again - cough and tiredness almost gone. Barring a relapse, I think I'm through it. Impressions: - I really wouldn't have thought this was Covid without the tests as It just seemed like a heavy cold/ flu. - I have Ivermectin horse paste in reserve that I would have taken if my breathing went south - never happened. - I am unjabbed (obv) and was wavering about whether to take the PCR and the BS that will come with the positive result but decided it was worth getting a recovered infection on the books (+ follow-up antibody tests) in case the totalitarianism intesifies over winter, as seems likely. At minimum, I can now qualify for a 6 month NHS Covid Pass. - I have been contacted by track & trace to register recent contacts etc. which I intend to ignore as I haven't been out since my symptoms started. I'm assuming there's no legal requirement to T&T, anybody know? - I must admit to a slight worry when the symptoms started to bite at the beginning, given my age (63) that I could slide downhill, as my younger brother did when he got the more virulent Alpha last year, but I think I've played my cards just right and, touch wood, should now have robust natural immunity at minimum cost. - another bonus, since I didn't have much appetite over the week is that I've shed a few unwanted pounds. - will update thread with any changes.
    39 points
  9. Governments have shown there is no future for oil,so investors,rightly have said,ok we will have share buy backs instead and triple the value of our in ground assets.For all i moan and will likely end up beating up some lefty woke type at some point they have made things much much easier for grizzled old macro types.The oil play was easy,yet so convinced are people by narrative they simply have no understanding of affects.Time and time again hated industries who decide to stop investing much provide massive returns to investors. I hope now any lurkers who perhaps enjoy and read the thread can now fully understand what i meant when i said we were going to get a distribution cycle.Whats happening in energy is a classic.Less consumption or selling down other assets or savings to pay for it because you need it. The cycle is underway and there will be headfakes along the way to shake people out,maybe even a short deflation event,but all that dis-inflation since around 1990 is going to be paid for. We have had a period of high taxes and low prices in goods and services,now we will get even higher taxes and much higher prices and it will hit most people like a brick wall.
    39 points
  10. So the boosters are starting to have their effect. This week had a patient turn up to clinic day after jab- felt unwell since jab. Had felt very poorly that night, fell in the morning. Came to clinic- walking to GP room- collapsed- lost consciousness- taken by ambulance to hospital. Spoke to another patient over phone- he had fallen day after his jab and been in bed since- I was speaking to him 4 days post jab. Said he had heard people talking about side effects but thought it was rubbish as previous 2 jabs had no effect- we both went quiet at that point. Interestingly it seems gps are starting to ask questions- had 2 patients this week with issues- both had been asked by their gps if symptoms started after jab- first I’ve seen/heard this.
    39 points
  11. I am fuming. I just went went on a mad whatsapp messaging of people with several of the images from the tweets posted in several above messages. BBC trying to convince us that heart attacks in kids are normal, that politician in Oz being investigated for alleged corruption around the jabs, Hancock and his millions of granny killing drugs. I am fuming at what these people have done and are doing. I am fuming that most people are oblivious to any of this stuff. I don't have any kids but I seem to be more concerned about the lives and health of kids in my neighbourhood than many of the jab-crazy parents. FUCK! Right, sorry. Had to get that out. You are the only lot that I can say this to. I may as well be talking to a brick wall to most of the people I know in real life.
    39 points
  12. Updated anecdotal. I flagged up early doors at the beginning of the year with shipping container costs rising with my brother’s company. My brothers manufacturing is now 90% based in the UK. Well now units on his industrial estate are going bust at the pace of knots. The guy opposite my brothers unit which employed 26 staff for years and he paraded around in ever new R8’s, has just gone down the pan today. He was importing everything from gym equipment to phone covers from China yet he blames Brexit for the collapse of the whole company. I can’t stress enough that this is the level of the economic illiteracy we are dealing with. This is still at the supplier side of costs and businesses going bust. Once this reverberates out to the consumer end it will be carnage. A 40 year disinflation cycle ending won’t leave many companies surviving.
    35 points
  13. That's a great website. Did you read his 10 reasons to get vaccinated peice? https://www.rintrah.nl/ten-reasons-you-should-get-vaccinated-and-should-have-no-human-rights-until-you-do/ 1 – The people who don’t get vaccinated are mostly fringe weirdos, whereas almost all successful people get vaccinated. Do you want to be perceived as someone with a low socioeconomic status? I thought so. In fact, a lot of unvaccinated people are unemployed and most of them are poorly educated. Get vaccinated. 2 – It’s pretty hard to find arguments against getting vaccinated, because those arguments tend to come from people who have their social media accounts banned. Do you think people who have their social media accounts deleted spread reliable information? I don’t think so. The Taliban are allowed to use social media, but these people are not. This means they’re spreading more dangerous propaganda than the Taliban. Get vaccinated. 3 – If you get vaccinated, you’re allowed to participate in society. If you don’t get vaccinated, you’re not allowed to participate in society. Seems like a pretty useful benefit to me. Get vaccinated. 4 – If you get vaccinated, you can get a very useful mark on your smartphone. It’s pretty easy. You hold your smartphone in your hand and show your mark: It consists of three squares, each six pixels wide, that a guy at a club or a restaurant will scan for you. Without this mark, you’re not really allowed to participate in society, so that seems like a pretty good reason to get vaccinated. Perhaps in the future, we will be able to use this mark, the triple six-pixel squares mark, to prohibit other activities as well. Nobody will be able to buy anything without the triple six-pixel squares mark. Sometimes people in the past took high doses of psychedelics and then they got terrifying visions of the future and wrote them down in religious scripture. I don’t remember reading anything about QR codes though, so I think we’re good. There’s a lot we can learn from China when it comes to dealing with unruly citizens, the triple six-pixel squares mark seems like a good example. Get vaccinated. 5 – Scientists are continually on top of these vaccines, screening the population for the potential for any harmful side-effects that would immediately lead them to suspend the vaccination campaign. That’s for example, why most Scandinavian countries just stopped giving the Moderna vaccine to people under thirty. It only took them half a year to figure out that young people should not receive this vaccine! Get vaccinated. 6 – There’s this strange concept in Western society that certain rights are just inalienable and that any government that violates them reveals its own illegitimacy. This is a typical example of radical Western individualism. In China, human rights are a reward that the government can bestow on people, as long as people follow the rules and don’t cause trouble. The vaccines are a good example: There’s a problem, a pandemic. By not vaccinating yourself against this virus, you’re making the problem worse, because the vaccine helps to reduce your chances of spreading this virus for the first three or four months after you received your second injection. Citizens who cause this kind of trouble seem to think that it is their human right to spread viruses. In China, they recognize: Your human rights end, where invisible ubiquitous self-replicating biological matter that can use your respiratory tract to spread from person to person begins. Get vaccinated. 7 – If you carry disease, or have a reputation of spreading disease, history shows that you will probably suffer hatred and demonization. Jews were accused of spreading the plague, so they faced pogroms. Lepers were held responsible for spreading leprosy, so they were forced to go to leper colonies and made to carry a bell to warn people of their approach. During World War II, Jews were said to spread Typhus, so they were forced to live in ghetto’s away from the rest of the population. Nobody at that time anticipated that the Holocaust would happen. It just seemed like a smart sensible thing to isolate these people who spread disease from the rest of the population. Well, if unvaccinated people are only allowed to mingle with other unvaccinated people and live in poverty because they can’t hold jobs, I think it’s possible that unvaccinated people will develop a reputation as disease-carrying vermin too. Do you want people to think of you as disease-carrying vermin? I didn’t think so. Get vaccinated. 8 – In the lab animals that received a corona vaccine, later exposure to a corona virus generally seemed to make the disease worse! In other words, scientists are well prepared for the possibility that a vaccine could make the disease it’s supposed to protect you against worse. Conspiracy theorists seem to think this is some genius discovery of theirs, but the scientists are well aware of this risk. Do you think scientists would roll out a vaccine that merely makes the disease worse? Of course they wouldn’t! That only happened one time, in the Philippines, with an experimental Dengue vaccine that is still killing children five years later! Well, look at it this way: Do you think scientists don’t learn from their mistakes? You have to be really cynical, to think that scientists could know about antibody dependent enhancement and expect that they did not plan for this possibility! Get vaccinated. 9 – There’s a mysterious epidemic in the UK, of people developing sudden cardiovascular problems and dropping dead in their homes. The question you need to be asking yourself is: Do nurses and doctors want to be dealing with you showing up to the hospital with a vaccine-preventable disease, while they’re dealing with a sudden mysterious rise in people of all ages dropping dead from strokes, heart failure, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms and other cardiovascular related issues? Probably not. Get vaccinated. 10 – Young people are dying from corona too! In the Netherlands 0.9% of all deaths from corona are under the age of 49. This is 59.1% of the Dutch population. We have 18.200 deaths from this virus. In other words we’ve seen 180 deaths, among 10.4 million people. So, among every 57000 people under the age of 49, we’ve had one person die from this virus! How many more need to die, before you take it seriously? It’s actually worse than it sounds however, if you consider that of those 180 deaths, many will have had pre-existing conditions. If you have Down syndrome, you’re 10 times more likely to die from the batsoupflu! I don’t know how many of my dear readers have Down syndrome, schizophrenia, morbid obesity, congenital immune problems or assorted issues, but those of you who do need to be extra careful, because most of those 180 deaths will have been among people with such pre-existing conditions. It’s much better when you have a congenital immune condition if you die two years from now from a staph infection, than if you die now from corona! Get vaccinated. Breaking news: I just realized there are in fact actually more than just ten reasons to get vaccinated! That means it’s working! 11. What are you even waiting for? Oral vaccines that contain the nucleocapsid protein in addition to the spike protein? Live attenuated vaccines administered into your upper respiratory tract that deliver sterilizing immunity? Vaccines that were not produced using cell lines derived from aborted fetuses? Long term side-effect studies in people who received the mRNA and Adenovirus vaccines? China approving the Western vaccines? Some sort of definitive answer in regards to what mechanism is responsible for the blood clots and the myocarditis? Do you think we have time for any of that, IN THE MIDDLE OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC??? Get vaccinated. 12. If there’s a breakthrough variant that overcomes the adaptive immune response and starts spreading through the vaccinated population, everyone will basically have a very similar immune response, because everyone will have been exposed to the identical Wuhan spike protein. This means that the virus will very rapidly be able to infect a large number of people all at once. It’s the equivalent of a burglar figuring out how to open a lock, in a town where everyone buys the same lock, from the same manufacturer. This means that if the vaccines fail, you won’t have to worry about ending up in the hospital all by yourself. There’s nothing worse than feeling lonely while you’re in the hospital. Get vaccinated. 13. Politicians are looking at massive budget deficits and imploding economies kept alive by unprecedented monetary policies. They’re very eager to get back to normal, so they’re going to be very eager to embrace whatever solution allows them to return to normal. An effective vaccine is a ticket back to normal and so politicians, despite not having a comprehensive in depth understanding of immunology, will be very eager to embrace a vaccine. This is even true for right-wing “anti-establishment” politicians, who are also eager to get back to normal. It’s even true for anti-lockdown epidemiologists, who recognize the damage caused by the lockdowns and are eager to figure out how to convince their peers to abandon the lockdowns. Get vaccinated. However, keep in mind that all these people are scientists or at least science-adjacent (politicians, social justice activists, Washington Post journalists), so they are all largely immune to most of the cognitive biases that tend to affect non-scientists. In other words, you don’t have to worry about the theoretical risk that they might not be able to do an emotionally detached cost-benefit analysis in regards to vaccinating young people. Do you wish to disappoint all these people, by not embracing the vaccine that they see as our ticket out of the pandemic? Get vaccinated. 14. All your friends got vaccinated. Do you want to be “that guy”? Don’t be “that guy”. Besides, let’s be honest here. Your friends are not just your friends because you happened to attend the same college or because you’re part of the same sports club. Your peers are not just some otherwise unremarkable randos with a socioeconomic background roughly similar to yours, who are exposed to the same mix of information and disinformation as everyone else and who you mainly continue to hang out with so that you have a handful of people who will show up to your birthday party and don’t have to sit by yourself at home watching TV on New Year’s Eve. No, you actively sought out your friends because they are uniquely intelligent individuals who have a unique insight into the human condition. Get vaccinated. 15. Your whole culture tells you to get vaccinated. It has never before happened in history that a whole culture suffered some sort of mass psychosis, that led to a state of mass terror and a completely unjustified persecution of fringe minorities whose lifestyle, ethnic background or political beliefs did not fit into the new collective narrative. It has never before happened that thirty percent or so of true believers seize control over the major institutes of power through bullying tactics and intimidation and thereby force the other 60% or so of the population to conform to their narrative, until it becomes impossible to distinguish between people who truly believe in the new narrative and those who simply adjust to the new narrative to avoid ending up as unemployed social pariahs, as the remaining 10% of marginalized weirdos begin to face persecution. When everyone tells you to do something, you can be pretty sure that it is in fact the right thing to do. Get vaccinated.
    35 points
  14. Most depressing thing about this whole shit show is the amount of the population who believe it. I don't think I belong on this planet. I would take a one way to Mars if it was offered. Feck it, I'd probably risk Venus or Pluto! Anti-vaxx until the bitter end and beyond if need be.
    35 points
  15. Spoke with one of my couriers yesterday. He's a fully paid up member of the vaccination/passport club. He was telling me how much he enjoyed his recent trip to Cyprus and that a family turned up at the restaurant and they weren't allowed in because they didn't have their phone to show their vaccine passport. When I asked him what he thought he said it was bloody great and, basically, fuck 'em. He then went on to tell me that he'd had the vaccine and thank god he did because he then went on to have COVID and felt so bad that without the vaccine, he's sure he would have ended up in hospital. He also mentioned that he'd only had 2 days off work in the last 20 years. No matter what I said, he could not possibly take in the fact that it may have been because he'd had the vaccine that he ended up with COVID like he did. Nope, no way, no, no. The vaccine was his saving grace. He also stressed to me that every person in ICU covid ward at the POW hospital was unvaccinated. I asked him about his source and he told me he delivers there everyday. I didn't know the ICU nurses/doctors, came out to chat with a courier and give them the details of the patients they were taking care of. That's a new on on me. Finally, he said that the care home workers must have it, if they wanted a job. Clearly he doesn't wish to wipe the arse of his elderly mother but would prefer a group of carers on NMW to have that privelage whilst completely overlooking their own health concerns. I went home thoroughly depressed having told him I would fight for his rights, however I could clearly see he wasn't going to fight for mine. TWAT.
    35 points
  16. Its something hardly anyone understands,but is one of the main drivers of liquidity flows.The amount of dollars,the amount of energy used and the price.Of course those dollars arent destroyed,they just move.The energy producer gets more dollars,but the energy consumer starts to run out of them.At this point you will start to see treasury yields going up,thats due to selling to raise dollars from foreign holders.That means the Fed has to fund the deficit more by printing etc.The energy countries will start to buy machinery etc and capital goods while the consumer nations consume less consumer goods.Its why you get a more industrial cycle when energy prices increase,the dollars are moved from consumers to producers with different buying wants and needs.
    35 points
  17. Former client, late 40s, bit overweight but quite active. Very, very vociferous on social media about pushing everything jab related. Couldnt wait for 'their turn'. Got first jab, great, got 2nd jab quiet on facebook for a week. Took a bad turn apparently and ended up in hospital (kept overnight). Nothing to do with the jab, but filled in the yellow card anyway. Developed a nut allergy. No idea why someone in late 40s would suddenly develop a nut allergy. GP seems to think it is under control. Turns out its not a nut allergy after all as they got a reaction last week when off nuts for a week. Back in for more tests. Facebook posts from nurses then asked was he sure he didnt have long covid. The allergy thing is a symptom of long covid. Nope, never had covid or anything like it. Are you sure you didnt have covid, you might have got it without realising it and that is what is causing the symptoms. Nope pretty sure. What about that cold you had in Feb 2020? Nope was just a cold. Well I think its long covid.... YOU DEVELOPED A PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN ALLERGY 2 FUCKING WEEKS AFTER YOUR 2ND VACCINE YOU FUCKING MORON!!!! *sigh* stick that on your yellow card you fuckwit. To be fair he has toned down the rhetoric about having his school ages kids vaccinated.... maybe the penny is dropping, hell of a fucking price to pay though. Elderly relative late 60s. Had 2nd jab friday, in hospital with mini stroke on the sunday. Rest assured it wasnt the vaccine.
    35 points
  18. Two conversations at work today: Guy in late 40’s telling me about reaction from his 2nd jab. Swollen armpit and neck, wiping him out for 3 days. His neck was that weak he had to wrap a belt around his head and pull himself upright. Colleague gets a call from his wife (mid 30’s) to say she’s having strange heart palpitations. Goes to A&E where the FIRST question is about when / what vaccine she’s had (2nd Moderna about 2 weeks ago). Rush her into monitoring where she’s still under observation-my mate is gutted. He was pretty anti-vax but got forced into it by family and an upcoming trip abroad.
    35 points
  19. I've just been knocked back from a nice little job GP home visits because I haven't had the 'clot shot'.Fair enough.Reason given that I won't be able to visit care homes from November. Looking forward to seeing how the ambulance service deals with this.Looks like we could be losing some NHS frontline staff soon as I'd rather get sacked than take the vaccine 1) because I don't think they've been honest about it's long term safety 2) because the IFR for covid isn't too dissimailar to the IFR for flu 3) because we all reach a point in life where we have to make a stand and I'm dead against govts mandating medications to populations The point I'm making is that if GP's go to a 3 day week,then I'm not sure where the spare supply will come from to cover the gaps. The NHS is facing being overrun this winter due to the care home collapse which was/is totally avoidable. Must say,I genuinely think this govt will go down in history as one of teh msot incompetent ever.
    35 points
  20. A friend, about 30, was pregnant with her second child, was rushed to hospital with a mini stroke a few months back. She and her child survived. I didn't ask the obvious question at the time as I didn't want to add more stress. Yesterday my wife volunteered that the stroke victim is now convinced that it was jab related. I'll try and find out if her doctors agree with that conclusion.
    34 points
  21. Quite. The fact that this shrivelled piece of rat shit, isn't behind bars by now, sets the tone for the whole shit-show.
    34 points
  22. Sons GF has just been rushed to hospital with severe headaches, high temperature and back pain, they had given her a 'second shot' about 2 weeks ago because she was pregnant, she also had Covid about 10 weeks ago. She is 26 weeks pregnant...
    34 points
  23. I'm sure some of this attitude is a form of 'buyers remorse'. They bought into the hype and early optimism of the Vax and it unsettles them that others haven't especially if news creeps out they are over hyped in their capabilities and side effects....they don't want to confront the truth they bought into the hype and got fooled.
    34 points
  24. Yes, this has been apparent for some time. This is why they are ramming debt up our holes, they are trying to avoid a standard of living decline. Or in many parts of the world, famine. You can argue peak oil if you want, but peak cheap oil has passed: look at us today 18 months on from the biggest dislocation in oil markets ever. This is no bump in the road. I think we could have a big price correction in a BK, and people will say 'bump in the road' but it'll be even shorter lived than the Covid bump. I've gone on about how oil and gas is practically free, for the energy we get from it. And we have built a society and population based on giving it away. We need to move on to the next stage in a sensible manner, and that means using the declining stocks of cheap oil and gas to build massive storage for renewables. But nobody is discussing that. Honestly, I think lots of people will die, unfortuntely, social unrest, currency wipeouts etc and then a leader will emerge who will ...lead... and then plan and deal with the transition. You just dont get leaders from easy times, you twats like Johnston, Biden, Trudeau and Macron. You get the Eisenhowers, Churchills and Thatchers from hard times. Or at least people remember you need to elect a real leader after a does of hard times. On the bright side, all the current nonsense will get washed away as people get the biggest reality check of their lives. No more benefits, woke, gender studies, FAANG craziness, Greta, champagne socialism, and we will love our truck drivers and factory workers again. It will be a severe dislocation I think, there is no dressing it up.
    34 points
  25. Probably the most depressing aspect of this entire cluster fuck is realising just how many people are complete dim witted sheep. Family and friends included. At least 75% of people living in the UK are complete imbeciles.
    34 points
  26. This is so brazen, in your face. In a real world not this surreal nonsense going on now, what on earth is the bloke who created a software company going around telling world leaders how to handle a pandemic ? What expertise of medicines does he have, what's his qualification ? Its like saying to all you conspiracy theorists - you're right we are conspiring together, we don't care now we're untouchable.
    33 points
  27. This should be one of the top news stories of the last decade. They are all in this together. It couldn't be more clear. Fuck them all.
    33 points
  28. I walked through parliament Square in London an hour ago on my way home from work. There was a large protest on, and my heart leapt, given the Coronavirus Act was renewed yesterday with a giggle and laugh in the commons, guaranteeing 6 months more dictatorial powers. I wandered over ... But it was for refugee rights. "No one is illegal" etc etc. Cars beeping in support. Any MP would just have to look out a window of parliament and burst out laughing. This is the mood of the people in bloody London. The shires need to rise up, the red wallers need to tell Boris go fuck himself. I saw the Blair and Brown documentary the other day, whatever about them they were good opposition, competent, smart and at least tried to make the country better if flawed. Could Labour please sort its shit out, this is getting really really serious. I had a thunderbolt this morning. I'd wager everyone on this thread is big on personal responsibility. Owning your shit. Learning from mistakes. Trying better. But look around: from politicians down to benefit claimants, no one has a sense of personal responsibility. It's always someone else's fault, always a reason not to do something. It's a cancer in western culture. And this solved the mystery of why Boris is so maddeningly popular: he is the arch responsibility avoider. He he is the alpha of slippery, lazy, two faced wasters, and they see themselves in him. The reason it struck me like a thunderbolt was because I watched "Night Bombers" on Prime last night. It's the only surviving colour film on the RAF during WWII, it's mesmerising, please do watch it. My God, did they own their shit. Like the 22 year old Lancaster captain who managed to survive his 30 missions, at odds of 3/1, saw out the war, became an accountant and never flew again. Basically volunteered, flattened the Germans, and then got on with life. I bet you he wasn't a complainer or finger pointer. Sigh. Rant over.
    33 points
  29. Step Father told me of a friend who died of CJD last week, 63 and double jabbed. The guys family are worried sick about their own health now. So 2 heart attacks, a stroke and CJD I know of and not too far from my circle either, the heart attacks are Sisters colleagues and the stroke was my Brothers friend.
    33 points
  30. We dont need oil anymore said Helen Dean CEO of NEST so she sold NMW workers pension holdings in BP around £2 a share. She was then awarded a CBE for services to pension saving https://corporate-adviser.com/new-years-honour-for-nest-ceo/ Tonight the government suspended competition law for the oil industry so they can collude on where to send supplies. Systemic you see. Helen Dean,you are a fraud,useless,a thief of ordinary workers saved Labour and a perfect example of all that is wrong with the UK. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58701620
    33 points
  31. He's a funny guy -- he's seeing stuff that obviously begs questions being asked, but he just ignores it. At 2:00 minutes, he discusses the reproduction value -- this is how many people each infected person goes on to infect -- it is essentially what R0 turns into all the immunty, interventions and precautions are taken into account. But he's got New Zealand right at the top with R=1.27, and the UK and Australia at around R=1.05 -- but NZ and Aus have draconian lockdowns, but the UK is very much more relaxed -- surely this indicates that lockdowns don't work -- or, at least, you can't tell if lockdowns work just by looking at how the disease is spreading (which probably means 'they don't work'). 5:00 -- antibody levels aren't enough in themselves!!! The 'antivaxxers' and 'misinformation spreaders' have been going on about this for months and months, only to be silenced! The reason that the pharma companies have been allowed to only report on antibody levels (rather than actually measuring protection properly) is because the pharma companies convinced (the idiots in) government that it was all about antibodies. This makes me mad -- this is exactly what everyone has been warning about for months. 7:30 -- the reason that we've got so many cases is because the vaccines don't work. What's more, it really looks like they actually make things worse. Oh, and those antibodies? They're not important. Why are they being reported at all? 9:40 -- what would be useful to know would be the years of useful lives lost. People were saying this back in spring 2020 -- they were called out as being evil, because every life lost is precious and they're all equal. This stupidity has caused significant damage, both from the way we responded (was it necessary at all) the way we did lockdown (instead of Gt Barrington) and now the way we're doing vaccines. We should do all of the analysis as QALY (quality-adjusted life-years) rather than simply deaths -- that way we'd have seen early on that it was a disease that killed those with least life-years to go (rather than the crazy 'look at the deaths!' that they kept bombarding us with). What's more, IMO this approach would also show up the vaccines as being inappropriate for children -- the life of a child lost to the vaccine (70ish QALY lost) is far greater than the life of an octogenarian lost to covid (maybe 5ish QALY). 11:00 Zoe data. He shows a graph that indicates loads more cases in the unvaccinated. Well, for a start they're naughty with the graph because it is 'total' vs 'double vax', so you have to subtract the red curve from the blue curve to get the unvax numbers (most people would just assume it is vax vs unvax). But there's a massive problem in their data -- the unvax includes children and they're the only age group that's still getting routine(ish) testing -- of course there's going to be more cases. And then, lo and behold, he shows the next graph, that shows exactly this -- the cases are all in the children. To me it is obvious -- most kids are unvaccinated, so just subtract the child numbers from the first graph to see the actual effect (in adults). But he just doesn't question it (doesn't think) -- he takes the analysis at face value and says that graph 1 shows the vaccines are working and graph 2 shows the kids are spreading. To put numbers on it, the first graph shows that there are 50k unvax cases and 20k vax cases, but 35k of the unvax cases are children (from graph 2) -- really the difference between vax and unvax cases is pretty mild. Sure, you can start talking about vaccination rates in adults, etc -- but the 'gosh look at that' of graph 1 is an illusion. What's more, I believe the Zoe data guys know this -- they're deliberately spreading data that is designed to make it look as though the vaccines are highly effective. 15:00ish Long covid. Have these people been vaccinated? What about long vax? 17:00 Tim Spector says that if cases drift into the 55+ group it'll spell disaster for the NHS this winter. Why? They're pretty much all vaccinated. Why don't people just think about what they're being presented with. I agree with Tim -- it is likely to be a disaster this winter -- except I think it is a direct consequence of vaccinating the non vulnerable, and it could have been avoided if people had just had a bit of restraint. 19:30 Herd immunity threshold. The theoretical herd immunity threshold is easy to calculate. I've no idea why Spector says 85% -- this isn't at all consistent with the known values for R0 or vaccine efficiency (even being 'generous' with both you get over 100%). Dr J says 'would we have thought 18 months ago...' -- of course we'd have known herd immunity was impossible, if we'd have known the vaccines were effectively worthless at stopping infection and retransmission. The only people that wouldn't have thought this would have been people who look at vaccines as all being the same, that is, all protect against infection. It would help if people could be educated about the negative impact of leaky vaccines, but clearly it was decided that it would be best if the public were kept ignorant of this.
    32 points
  32. Update on my aunt. Out of surgery, was talking, left side paralysis and blind in left eye. Now barely conscious, has fractured hip from when she fell (crawled to phone to get help). Maybe she's barely conscious from the morphine / other drugs they've given her. Doctors talk now is of letting her go! What! The bloody National Holocaust Service are going to bloody kill her! I hope the immediate family fight for her. I know recovery from a major stroke isn't a walk in the park but fucking hell.
    32 points
  33. Just speaking to my friend the energy trader. Pretty fucking sobering really.
    32 points
  34. Everything Boris said today was inflationary.The costs will also fall hugely on ordinary workers.Even to the extent of woke councils fitting heat pumps that will cost a fortune.In the green space a fast follower would be better,but it seems he would rather freeze granny and be seen as a messiah figure.Very sad really to see the state of politics now here. Of course most wont happen and Sunak knows it.The problem is it will be hugely painful for lower paid people. Legislation so mortgages only go to certain eco houses is sinister.Young have always bought the do it upper houses.Once again pulling the rug so only those with huge capital can buy those to then sell/rent to said young.
    31 points
  35. I'm lying here dealing with my second experience of covid so offering my thoughts. First time was in 2020,but I didn't get tested because I hadn't got one of the three symptoms that the govt used as the basis for needing a PCR..Back then I was knocked off my feet for a week plus, fatigue, lethargy, aching joints....heavy flu symptoms.Took me a couple of weeks to feel normal again. This time, caught it off a symptomatic covid positive patient(first one we'd seen in 2 or 3 months), had to get close to listen to get chest and she coughed at just the wrong moment. She was vaccinated.So,so much for that theory. This time round has been much milder, similar symptoms just have a lot more energy. I won't bullshit and say its put me off the clot shot because I was never having it anyway. Unvaxxed and unrepentant. Saw a YouTube advert with a Dr taking about all the young unvaccinated he was seeing in in A&E. It may be true, but I can't say that's my lived experience.
    31 points
  36. More anecdotals... Something interesting happening here. My son's primary school has reported a number of cases over the last couple of weeks but now something interesting has happened. Parents with access to LFT devices have started testing their kids. Now that's their look out I guess but I'm not convinced that stuffing things up noses and down throats is a great idea. However, what it has shown is that as of this afternoon approximately 30% of my boy's immediate classmates are Covid +ve. That's with only a limited number of kids being tested, I suspect the true figure will be much higher. It'll be interesting to see what if anything this looks like should my experience be replicated elsewhere. Community transmission is inevitable with this level of infection. Against the background of waning vaccine protection this could be bad........ I think we're in perfect storm territory here. The vaccines do have a protective effect in terms of disease progression but this is relatively short lived. Therefore vaccines need to be administered often to be effective But the vaccines have side effects which are becoming too big to hide.... As usual, the clowns have fucked it up.
    31 points
  37. Not sure if this is relevant. My eldest brother retired 6 weeks back, turned 66 in September. He lived his life like everyday was the last, never a thought for the future, worked every day from 16 to 66, I actually don't ever remember him getting sick. He pissed most of his cash up the urinal, invested the rest in easy lady's. His last wife took his house and the car. He's rented the last 15 year's, just a flat, but perfect for a single man. When he retired I thought, well waited for the knock at the door. I would have put him up if only for sloppy seconds, he's a charmer. F**k how wrong was I. His rent is now paid, no council tax, bus pass. 180 quid a week. He was only on 8.79 an hour when working, 40 hours a week. Don't think he's no worse off. I guess he's used to living on x amount which is the secret. Want for little and enjoy you're free time is the secret. Ignore the media noise about needing this and that for retirement. Unprogram yourself from the state mind games.
    31 points
  38. The latest vaccine surveillance report is now out. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1025358/Vaccine-surveillance-report-week-41.pdf I keep on thinking they'll not bother reporting infections by vaccination status, but they keep on doing it. The trend is ongoing. The vaccinated 40-49 year olds are now over twice as likely to catch covid as the unvaccinated (taking numbers at face value). Across all adults the vaccinated are about 50% more likely to be infected. And that includes the 'still somewhat protected' 18-29 group -- if you only look at 30+ you get about 66% more likely to get infected. I'm not sure what's weirder -- that the authorities ignore this evidence and keep on saying 'vaccinate' or that they're still reporting it.
    31 points
  39. I see what you did there! People of all sorts are now openly mocking SAGE's latest predictions. I think you're absolutely right. Putting two recent thread comments together: - The last 18 months have taken a toll on people, mostly because of government mandated lockdowns. It's taken a toll on me, I'm not afraid to say, even though I knew it was bullshit, was never afraid of the virus, flouted rules as much as I could and profited from it in the markets. The loss of liberty and being restricted from travelling to friends and family has left a scar, one that I never thought I'd get. I'll just add it to the scar collection and move on. But I can only imagine what the majority of people have gone through, those who were scared, those who believed in government etc. - Now they come out blinking into the light, and see the damage done to themselves. And they see that it was bullshit. Lockdowns were not needed. It was all unnecessary. They see Boris telling jokes at the Tory party conference as their gas bills go up 30% and can't get a doctor on the phone to discuss their damaged mental health. Not alone is there a loss of trust, but I think there is a simmering anger. The govt should tread very, very carefully from here. Also to say it was really great to discuss stuff with like minded people on here. Nice to know there are more people who think like this out there. It's really satisfying to see ordinary people on here talking about making a few quid in their energy holdings in recent days. That was genuinely one of the main reasons I started posting on here, I think I put that in my first post. Many energy insiders could see the crisis coming from three years ago, but I was sick looking at the likes of Pierre Andurands smug face, when the ordinary guy never gets a chance. Anyway. Sun's shining, I'm off to chop wood.
    31 points
  40. I actually just don't believe any of these stories. The government and msm have lied, lied, lied and lied again. I trust nothing they say. Nothing.
    31 points
  41. Quick anecdotal. A close friend, early sixties/F, with Type 1 diabetes for the last 30 years requiring constant monitoring and permanently attached insulin pump. Unvaccinated, but taking Quercitin, vitamin D, Zinc regularly. Experienced COVID symptoms 3 weeks ago.. tested positive with a lateral flow test, so took 12mg Ivermectin, one a day, for 10 days. She felt a bit under the weather for a few days, but is now fully recovered with no lasting effects. The main worry was the way the infection messed with her blood sugars, nearly going into ketoacidosis, so she had to monitor things very closely for a couple of days.
    31 points
  42. I've been going over the Hippisley-Cox paper on vaccine side effects being lower than covid side effects. https://www.bmj.com/content/374/bmj.n1931 Risk of thrombocytopenia and thromboembolism after covid-19 vaccination and SARS-CoV-2 positive testing: self-controlled case series study I don't like this paper as it has a deeply flawed methodology (I might write something else about it sometime), but, besides that problem,... ...buried in the reviewer comments was this: WTF! It appears that Japan has data on the vaccines causing significant mortality via stroke and cardio-vascular disease. I'm trying to get hold of those data. No luck so far.
    31 points
  43. Wife reported 3 teenagers in RD&E with heart problems. All healthy, football playing kids around 15 years old.
    30 points
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