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Blowin started the topic in Friday, 21 Jun 2019 at 8:01am

Have it cunts

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seaslug Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 at 10:20am

string theory is best studied in the summer months

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san Guine Tuesday, 26 Oct 2021 at 10:43am
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string theory is best studied in the summer months

Gee...

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Horas Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 12:32am

Medan is a beautiful and interesting tropical city. I love it more and more every time I' m here .Currently here waiting for results of PCR tests to get on a plane . Hoping there 's no positives as that would really throw a spanner in the works lol
But , but the wife has the sniffles oh nooooo !!!
Champion Cafe is THE place to be for the best Batak music
The Bataks are easily the best musos in Indonesia and the fuckers love a drink and a party , good stuff . You want to talk about" traditional owners " well that's the Bataks of North Sumatra
Yes my wife is Batak
HORAS LISSOI

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 8:34am
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Medan is a beautiful and interesting tropical city. I love it more and more every time I' m here

Ive never heard Medan described in that way, i dont go in there now that the airport is out of town, no offence i always thought of it very differently, i much prefer Padang as gets the sea breeze and you can still look out to sea.

BTW. Is your wife very string headed?

I know it's a cliche/stereotype but I've met half a dozen Batak women and OMG they all seem such strong women, you dont mess with them.

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arcadia Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 9:36am

Moght want ti watch yiur typong there Ondi.
Was wondering what on earth string headed was.

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Roker Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 5:24pm

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 5:32pm

Speaking of prisoners, this video is quite old but it's complete gold.

Escaped from prison and convinces the cop he isn't the guy with some sweet talking.

From his Wiki page "Richard Lee McNair (born December 19, 1958) is a convicted murderer known for his ability to escape and elude capture.[1] In 1987, McNair murdered one man and shot a second man four times during a botched robbery. He is currently serving two terms of life imprisonment for these crimes including escaping from prison.

After McNair's arrest, he escaped three times from three different institutions using various creative methods. On his first attempt, he used lip balm to squeeze out of a pair of handcuffs. He escaped a second time by crawling through a ventilation duct. In his last escape from a federal prison in April 2006, he mailed himself out of prison in a crate and successfully convinced a police officer he was not the prison escapee but actually a jogger.[2][3] This resulted in his mugshot being featured a dozen times on the TV show America's Most Wanted, and made him one of the top fifteen fugitives wanted by US Marshals. McNair traveled to Canada twice in order to evade capture, traveling across the country for over a year before being apprehended in a random police check. Much of what the public knows about McNair's escape and his time as a fugitive is through McNair's prison correspondence with a Canadian journalist, Byron Christopher.[2]" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lee_McNair

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 5:46pm
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Blowin Friday, 29 Oct 2021 at 8:05am

Taibbi - clear eyed and a gift for articulation. Legend.

“Commercial news outlets, not Facebook, have been the chief architects of the panic era. They’ve spent six years now coaching Trump-era audiences to act like roulette addicts endlessly trying to win back a loss, begging them to stay at the table and just move their chips from one “existential threat” or “apocalypse” to the next. From Russiagate to Treason in Helsinki to kids in cages to Bountygate to the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020 to the “pandemic of the unvaccinated” and the “biggest threat against democracy since the Civil War,” audiences have fallen into a freakout and stayed there. They wake up knowing nothing, but by noon demand the biggest available policy weapon be fired in the shortest possible time frame, at problems they only just heard about, with the zero-to-defund trajectory of the George Floyd story typifying the pattern. Just as quickly, the same people forget and move on, trying on new terrors like shoes.”

Big shout out to BB!

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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-10-28/push-to-find-homeless-surfers-par...

Princess supposedly gets full Disabilty pension of $882 per fortnight..i wonder what he does with his money ?

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:59am

Monday morning cheerfulness

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sypkan Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 2:26pm

from the vid...

"so why don't we hear about this in the media?"

"is it not interesting?"

indeed...

yet, a certain brand of moron will call you a 'conspiracy theorist' for asking perfectly reasonable questions...

reactively

incessantly

you gotta wonder...

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gsco Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 3:18pm

might be worth pointing out that Blackrock, Vanguard and State Street are by far the biggest ETF (and managed/mutual fund) providers so this accounts for why they keep showing up with the largest ownership concentrations in the big corporate conglomerates.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/268970/etf-providers-market-share-by...

see also say: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/080415/5-biggest-etf-com...

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andy-mac Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 3:26pm
gsco wrote:

might be worth pointing out that Blackrock, Vanguard and State Street are by far the biggest ETF (and managed/mutual fund) providers so this accounts for why they keep showing up with the largest ownership concentrations in the big corporate conglomerates.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/268970/etf-providers-market-share-by...

see also say: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/080415/5-biggest-etf-com...

I have had a little look into ETF's and still wish to do a bit more research. Is there a recommended broker/ platform where these can be bought for what would be a pretty small scale investor?
Cheers.

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gsco Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 3:41pm
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Is there a recommended broker/ platform where these can be bought for what would be a pretty small scale investor?

hey Andy, ETFs are traded on the share market like ordinary shares, so you just trade them through your usual broker.

I use commsec but only because I used to work for CBA and as an employee they force you to use only their products...

See for instance: https://www.commsec.com.au/products/exchange-traded-funds.html in which they say:

commsec wrote:

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are funds that trade on a stock exchange, just like ordinary shares.

You'll be able to trade ETFs listed on various other international stock markets too via the online trading from our big-4 banks.

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andy-mac Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 3:43pm
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andy-mac wrote:

Is there a recommended broker/ platform where these can be bought for what would be a pretty small scale investor?

hey Andy, ETFs are traded on the share market like ordinary shares, so you just trade them through your usual broker.

I use commsec but only because I used to work for CBA and as an employee they force you to use only their products...

See for instance: https://www.commsec.com.au/products/exchange-traded-funds.html in which they say:

commsec wrote:

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are funds that trade on a stock exchange, just like ordinary shares.

You'll be able to trade ETFs listed on various other international stock markets too via the online trading from our big-4 banks.

Great, thanks for feedback!!

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 3:45pm
sypkan wrote:

from the vid...

"so why don't we hear about this in the media?"

"is it not interesting?"

indeed...

yet, a certain brand of moron will call you a 'conspiracy theorist' for asking perfectly reasonable questions...

reactively

incessantly

you gotta wonder...

5 mins in and he's said nothing so far.
I don't have an hour to watch a vid on You-toob.

Whats the gist of it Syppo?

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 4:23pm

A few funds have combined controlling influence in almost every industry and large scale economic activity throughout most of the Western Hemisphere. Horizontal and vertical integration across basically any and every industry you can think of …..agriculture, mining, transport, media, tech, travel .

These funds are at the behest of a few unfeasibly wealthy old money families. These families -through non profits, these funds and the overarching control of the economy, media and politics basically control the direction of the western world.

The vid isn’t perfect but I dare say it’s way more worthy than the scoff poised on your lips after reading my summary would merit. Give it a go.

Unless you can suggest a more likely reason that every western nation has arrived at the exact same political outcome . simultaneous and synchronised coincidence perhaps?

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blindboy Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 4:45pm

"A few funds have combined controlling influence in almost every industry"

On the first example of Pepsico and Coca Cola, on his own data, that claim does not stand up. The investment groups who have large shareholdings in both DO NOT have a controlling interest in either. To suggest that minority holdings of several companies in the same industry enables control of the industry is simply not true.
The fact that large investment funds have diverse holdings in many industries is hardly news and is a direct result of financial deregulation starting with the Reagan Thatcher era and pursued most enthusiastically by governments like our own bunch of neolib pirates. So if people are genuinely concerned about the concentration of economic power, the first (small) step would be to vote the current lot out.

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 4:53pm

So, just to save me an hour.

He starts by saying we are in economically depressed times (obvs not true for Aus).

Why would investment firms want to crash economies; they'd make less money?

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blindboy Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 4:57pm

The wealthy usually do well out of market crashes for a couple of reasons. One they don't need to sell at the bottom as they have plenty of wealth to see them through the short term crisis. Two, they have the cash reserves that enable them to buy at bargain basement prices at the bottom. End result? They have an even bigger slice of the pie.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:00pm

You’re kidding right?

In the example you mention they control 30% of voting shares in the company. More than the rest of the top ten institutional share holders combined. Who do you think has voting control? Who do you think appoints and directs the executive and board of the company?

You think the power lies with the punter retail investors who vote with their 0.00000000001% of the share Register and have zero behind closed doors influence on proceedings?

You don’t seem to understand how things work BB. Think corporate lobbyists influencing politicians…..who’ve been groomed, hand picked and placed there by the corporate interests even before the “ lobbying “ -kaching kaching- has begun.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:08pm
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So, just to save me an hour.

He starts by saying we are in economically depressed times (obvs not true for Aus).

Why would investment firms want to crash economies; they'd make less money?

You think Australia isn’t economically depressed? Holy shit!
We must live in seperate countries cause all I see is a hollowed out and floundering economy running on the expiring fumes of government and personal debt.

It’s about control Freeride. The top of the global power pyramid has been exploiting external populations ie other countries through colonialism, invasion and reconstruction for decades (centuries!) . One example is invading Iraq under zero pretext in order to destroy it, rebuild it at US taxpayer expense and then bend it to their will. These same powers began turning their focus inwards towards a western populations about 50 years ago. It’s called the neoliberal era. Now we are getting to the pointy end where they want wholesale control. They want the lot. Just like kings and Queens a few centuries ago. Nothing new , it’s a tired old story ,just that the techniques for control have evolved with technology and the grasp for power is truly global in scope.

Watch the vid. Then get back to me with your opinion.

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blindboy Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:08pm

A 30% holding requires the cooperation of a further 21%.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:14pm
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A 30% holding requires the cooperation of a further 21%.

Huh? You think these corporations are democracies? The voting power of shares was a poor example. The direction of the company doesn’t go to a vote. Anyway….the point of Coke and Pepsi is just to make money. The conflict comes when you see that these huge stakeholders also own the medical companies charging to fix diabetes and health issues.

You are missing the point BB. Watch the vid in its entirety and then get back to me with your closed mind rebuttal in vigorous defence of the corporate establishment who thinks of you as a beast to be exploited and controlled. Isn’t it amazing how the Boomer liberals ended up becoming the stooges for the elite power of the world?

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blindboy Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:25pm

If the bloke, whoever he may be, is suggesting that covid and or the lockdowns were some sort of conspiracy then he is a know nothing bullshit artist looking to make a quick buck out of the gullible on YouTube.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:52pm

Sure bloke. You still think that Trump is a Russian plant dictator who wants to blow up the world. I’d say your bullshit meter is about as reliable as the horoscopes in the Daily Telegraph.

Every single year 100,000 Australians develop the preventable disease called diabetes -2000 every week! -and the government does less than nothing to prevent this. The fast food cause is advertised on prime time TV every single day. Yet you honestly believe the government would genuinely shutter the entire nation and halt the economy for a virus with a a 99% survival rate? Lol.

Smoking kills 25,000 Australians every single year and clogs up every hospital and ICU in the country and you can still buy them. The government doesn’t give a fuck about public health, particularly if combating ill health jeopardises a single cent of profit. Yet now you think the government will do literally anything to stop the spread of a piddly virus? I really think anyone who swallows that line has the gullibility issue.

Quick BB….run! It’s the evil unvaccinated!!!! Lolol

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blindboy Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 5:50pm

Blowin it is hard to take you seriously when you go into insult mode and suggest that I have such ridiculous opinions. The issue is: should the video be taken seriously. I have stated my position that if he is presenting a conspiracy theory.....then it should not be taken seriously. If you have watched the video and disagree with my views please present the evidence for your view..

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:06pm

The evidence is as I stated above. Our government, like all Western Governments, aids , abets and encourages the creation of ill health throughout our population. This is undeniable. With the stroke of a pen they could initiate legislation which banned fast food, cigarettes, alcohol. But they won’t because that seems a ban too far doesn’t it?

The government could fine people who are overweight. Just as they do those who dared leave their house arrest during lockdown.

The government could restrict the obese from participating in society as they do the unvaccinated. It’s obviously not too extreme a measure to contemplate is it?

It’s issues such as these - fat, lazy, fast food , smoking- which currently and historically killed far, far, far more people than even the most ridiculously outrageous models dared suggest would die from Covid. They also completely overwhelm every part of the health system every day of the week, every week of the year , for years and years.

Yet nothing gets done.

The “Life be in it” campaign, which had the temerity to merely suggest you try and stay fit was 40 years ago and not a peep from our government since.

This is rock solid evidence that the government does not take public health seriously. That’s before you even start the discussion about how they have completely hollowed out budgets for the health system.

Yet now - hold on to your hats folks- we are to believe that the same neoliberal system is willing to wantonly destroy the entire functionality of society and the viability of the economy for a spicy cough!?!?

Come on mate. Where’s your evidence that what I’m saying isn’t true? Because a few people got sick …..lol.

It’s a piss take from the top down.

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:13pm

Glossy fear porn.

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sypkan Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:23pm

"You’re kidding right?

In the example you mention they control 30% of voting shares in the company. More than the rest of the top ten institutional share holders combined. Who do you think has voting control? Who do you think appoints and directs the executive and board of the company?

You think the power lies with the punter retail investors who vote with their 0.00000000001% of the share Register and have zero behind closed doors influence on proceedings?"

exaxtly...

not to mention the billionaires most likely have private holdings, beyond the behind the curtain big fund management holdings they influence...

bottom line is, all this big fund (investor hiding) fronts, are invested in both sides, be it pepsi versus coke... apple versus microsoft... whatever the business... they cannot lose...

(whilst the plebs are fed a steady diet of cut throat competition...)

then there's mr blackrock chatting to mr vanguard, chatting to mr macron chatting to mr biden...

...and the argument is the boardroom will keep it all in check...

fucking laughable...

"... Isn’t it amazing how the Boomer liberals ended up becoming the stooges for the elite power of the world?"

well, to be fair...

the machine has stealthly gotten us all tied up in this economic shitfuckery... through superannuation at a minimum...

people literally don't want to question stuff as their financial assetts are at risk... they would rather just look the other way...

and...

"it's easier to fool someone than convince them they've been fooled"

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:22pm

Then imagine how the everyday headlines of existential crisis resulting from a spicy cough look from my end.

There’s no more ridiculous glossy fear porn than that peddled at you by Kochie at 8AM into your breakfast every single day.
I’m not joking either.

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:22pm

Charlatans playing fear porn to the max, actually, after visiting their website.

David Icke, and a whole bunch of conspiracy whack jobs in there with the conspiracy fear porn cranked up to 11.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:41pm

You want fear porn?

Here you go…..this is what Australia was fed with a straight face by the MSM in order to induce the trauma that people like BB still suffer. It was an unmitigated shock and awe campaign to scare you into foregoing every reservation you would have over the government’s plan. A plan they revealed step by step so as not to allow common sense resistance to overrule the contagion of fear they instigated with 24/7 messaging.

Here’s your fear porn. Screenshot taken April 2020. At time Indonesia had about a dozen deaths. Don’t act clever with your throwaway references to fear porn until you are ready to accept that you’ve swallowed the biggest lie for 100years.

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velocityjohnno Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:37pm

The way it's been so quickly rolled back has been a tell that you are right. Surreal. Mea Culpa.

Anyway, here's some cute fear porn on that ownership topic:

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sypkan Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:50pm

I haven't gotten to the conspiracy bit yet...

but the first half is just laying out easily checkable facts about the media / government / investments mega-complex...

the media is totally controlled, as is 'the narrative' ...it's clear as day.... day in day out... the same messaging across the networks...

and, the ngo mega-complex... where the left has basically been bought by billionaires avoiding tax, by paying for a plethora of cottage industry ngo causes and offices to appease the plebs...

the crew getting cash generally don't ask questions...

but thankfully oxfam do!

I've said this before, oxfam basically singlehandedly changed the whole political conversation about 10 years ago... long before bernie sanders did... long before donald trump... when they exposed the ridiculous wealth the 1% are accumulating... and using...

it's all smoke and mirrors, ...and a tax dodging, government by-passing, big money free for all... enabled by the ngo megacomplex... the privatisation of social causes... public infrastructure... and public health...

neoliberalism 101

no conspiracy...

it's just how shit is...

financial 'cooperation' of the elites

or collusion ...for the cynics...

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sypkan Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:42pm

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:45pm

I think that will be the next cult conspiracy site anyhow, possibly bigger than Q-Anon.

No doubt "they" got heaps of shitt incredibly wrong, including the Indonesian forecasts.
Doesn't change the fact heaps died of Covid there.

But when the smooth brown-eyed presenter said "the only way not to starve to death would be the acceptance of govt support", while he was detailing the New World Order I cringed.

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blindboy Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 6:52pm

The usual random selection of assertions without any attempt at corroboration from the usual suspects who don't even understand that when THEY make a claim, THEY have to provide the evidence.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:07pm

Don’t get me wrong, I cringed too. But I know that it’s in the general direction of being correct. Maybe you should consider it the alternative to the “models” which have predicted that 1% of the Indonesian people would go from a standing start to death in 4 weeks last year?

How come you don’t recognise Sunrise and Kochie as hysterical fear porn peddling conspiracy theorists when they so plainly are? Instead you show your gullibility by saying “ Oh , they got that a bit wrong”. No mate….they didn’t get it wrong. They told you what they had to to get you to accept the coming destruction of everything you assumed unassailable, such as your right to leave your house for more than a single hour per day in Melbourne or to think you could sit on your own in a park without police fining or beating you.

Where’s the deserved punishment for those who shouted fire in the crowded theatre on morning TV? For some reason it’s just forgotten and forgiven and the same people responsible for the modelling are then trotted out to give opinions and influence policy a short time later. ……piss take. From go to whoa.

Where’s the evidence supporting the panic inducing claim that hundreds of thousands of Indonesians would die within 30 days? For some reason you don’t think the mob who told us about the weapons of mass destruction hidden in Iraq need to provide any evidence for a panic inducing statement that is broadcast to millions of Australians on network prime time , whilst you attack some minor league opinion on a youtube.

I don’t know who David Ickie is or anything about the crew who made it, but I believe intuitively that the world is heading towards a coercive and controlling global government and that individual rights and freedoms are headed for a steep decline within our lifetimes. You can argue about this all you like but the evidence is everywhere around you of global institutions which are instigated and influenced, if not directly controlled, by an unanswerable extremely wealthy elite.

Covid has been instructional if you recognise the virus for what it is in contrast to what the media and government would have you believe.

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:07pm

I don't watch TV, so I have no idea what is being peddled on there.

I get my news from the ABC, which is centre left, but basically factual.

I just don't swallow this "theory" that Covid is an intentional pandemic, that it is part of some Global Reset/NWO agenda whereby authoritarian govts using Communist Dictatorship playbooks are all going to control us at the behest of a shadowy elite.

But lets come back in a year/3 years/5years.

I could be wrong.

My prediction: we'll be free of most restrictions by summer-time, the economy will come roaring back and we will find a way to deal with seasonal outbreaks of Covid the same we do the flu.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:12pm

“I don’t watch TV”

Come on mate. That’s being obtuse. You know as well as anyone that millions of healthy people, vast majority of which were never vulnerable to a spicy cough, have been locked in their homes under pretence of fear mongering such as that above. There is zero chance anyone would have accepted being subject to the hardcore Covid restrictions without the outrageous and unforgivable fear campaign laying the groundwork.

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:16pm

The question you are asking: were the lockdowns justifiable considering what risk the virus posed>?

For Sydney and Melbourne, possibly. Possibly not. I think time will tell.

For the rest of the country, those lockdowns have meant most of the rest of the country has barely experienced Covid.
it has effectively quarantined the disease to urban areas, in a way that few other countries have achieved.

Outrageous and unforgivable fear campaign?

If you believe the available evidence that 700000 people died in the USA, then it seems most people were prepared to temporarily suspend normal civil liberties like freedom of movement so that could not happen here.

I guess we will see at the ballot box how true that is.

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indo-dreaming Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:17pm
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You want fear porn?

Here you go…..this is what Australia was fed with a straight face by the MSM in order to induce the trauma that people like BB still suffer. It was an unmitigated shock and awe campaign to scare you into foregoing every reservation you would have over the government’s plan. A plan they revealed step by step so as not to allow common sense resistance to overrule the contagion of fear they instigated with 24/7 messaging.

Here’s your fear porn. Screenshot taken April 2020. At time Indonesia had about a dozen deaths. Don’t act clever with your throwaway references to fear porn until you are ready to accept that you’ve swallowed the biggest lie for 100years.

Shit that didn't age well.

I do think during Covid a lot of people have lost more trust in main stream media.

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Blowin Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:34pm

“If you believe the available evidence that 700000 people died in the USA, then it seems most people were prepared to temporarily suspend normal civil liberties like freedom of movement so that could not happen here.”

Geez mate…that’s the thing about lies. Why stop at one? The chances that 700K US citizens actually died from Covid are about the same that I could safety surf a 5000 foot high tube. The US is the epicentre of the lies. The fear porn is thickest at the heart.

Unless you believe that there’s something about US citizens which has them dying from Covid at an inexplicable rate compared to other places. That meme about the less TV, the less Covid is so true.

US: Pop- 330M Covid deaths 700,000

Nigeria -pop 210M Covid deaths 2000

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sypkan Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 7:41pm

"I just don't swallow this "theory" that Covid is an intentional pandemic, that it is part of some Global Reset/NWO agenda whereby authoritarian govts using Communist Dictatorship playbooks are all going to control us at the behest of a shadowy elite.'

you don't have to

not the intentional bit anyway...

but it's pretty clear certain forces have leveraged it for all it's worth

geez even eternal lefty good guy (girl) naomi klein has mentioned that...

the reset bit is on the record

no secret...

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freeride76 Monday, 1 Nov 2021 at 8:00pm

Ok, so the Covid media conspiracy complex has faked the death of hundreds of thousands of people in America.
(And the rest of the world presumably.)
so they can usher in a control society where we are all going to starve unless we bow to govt masters.

Maybe you are right.

Maybe it's a clusterfuck of unknown origin as Syppo contends, where certain forces have leveraged it for all its worth.

That could be true too.

I'll withhold judgement for now, and if in a years time, that is the case, I'll be the first to admit I was wrong.

For now the official story: a zoonotic virus, lab or animal derived, has become a global pandemic and govts around the world have used a variety of methods to try and control it, successfully or unsuccessfully.
Many people have died, most of them old, or obese.
Many have been put into hospital, most old but some younger and healthier.

We are now coming out of the pandemic as the virus becomes endemic and measures used to control the virus are receding as countries rely on vaccines.

Thats close enough to the story that seems most plausible to me.