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What the nobhead conspiracy theorists don’t seem to comprehend is that incredibly rich incredibly selfish people will always look to turn any situation to their advantage. Jeff Bezos making a ton of money isn’t proof that he’s in on the world wide conspiracy to tank the worlds economy and cull the population. He’s just ideally placed to profit from it.

It’s possible for rich influential people to profit from a very real deadly catastrophe. Try telling that to the idiots and they just call you a sheep or compare you to a Nazi without any idea of the irony of Godwin’s Law. As I found out when I tried pointing out that wearing a face covering isn’t the same as anything Anne Frank went through.

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Just been in the smaller of the two Tesco in Lincoln. Things were pretty much in stock apart from loo roll and pet food. Did see one guy at the till getting told by the checkout girl that he couldn't

I'll eventually work through all the messages but I'm safe. Thanks folks. I'm still an absolute mess but safe all the same. 

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I'm hardly the first person to point this out, but people probably like the idea of conspiracy theories because they imply somebody in authority has a competently organised and delivered plan for something.

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25 minutes ago, Mr_Danger said:

What the nobhead conspiracy theorists don’t seem to comprehend is that incredibly rich incredibly selfish people will always look to turn any situation to their advantage. Jeff Bezos making a ton of money isn’t proof that he’s in on the world wide conspiracy to tank the worlds economy and cull the population. He’s just ideally placed to profit from it.

One of the central failings of conspiracy theories is, often, to mistake cause for effect. That Bezos can profit it from it doesn't mean he was responsible for it. That the US were able to use 9/11 as justification for their continued programme of regime change and back-door imperialism in the Middle East doesn't mean that they coordinated it to that end, just that they were able to capitalise on it. 

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43 minutes ago, JNLister said:

I'm hardly the first person to point this out, but people probably like the idea of conspiracy theories because they imply somebody in authority has a competently organised and delivered plan for something.

Well it certainly has come full circle in Bournemouth. 

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21 hours ago, Keith Houchen said:

Well it certainly has come full circle in Bournemouth. 

What are you referring to Keith? Bournemouth's my home town but I'm pretty out of the loop these days and I can't see anything I'd directly relate to your post.

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1 minute ago, simonworden said:

What are you referring to Keith? Bournemouth's my home town but I'm pretty out of the loop these days and I can't see anything I'd directly relate to your post.

Former UKFFer and conspiracy enthusiast Dynamite Duane is a Conservative councillor there now, if I remember correctly.

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I’m still at home safe in my own bubble, have plenty of work and am quite content. So I’m really in no position to even pretend to understand how COVID is affecting everyone and every business.

However, when I just saw a post on Facebook from a local pub telling its patrons to book their meals as a “business lunch” as it means they can eat with their friends from different households, it made me realise once and for all that if people don’t want to stop doing something, they won’t. You can’t police it, you can’t fine them, you can’t convince them that they need to.

I have to believe the pub is doing what it needs to, and I get that, I really do. But they shouldn’t need to be doing something so blatant when their actions are adding to the problem. (For the record, I couldn’t tell you what the alternative answer is for businesses like them, without the government keeping everything afloat indefinitely.)

It feels like the whole “It’ll be ok”, “It’s everyone else, not me”, “We’ll be ok” attitude is now very much the norm.

Right now our neighbour is having a party for his 3-year-old kid. So far, his 80-year-old dad and step mum, his real mum, both of his sisters and their kids have turned up. I feel a fucking cunt for thinking bad of them, but they’re just doing what everyone else is, so where’s the harm, right?

To add context, he’s the same chap who called me late one night in tears when lockdown first kicked in as he was having serious trouble handling people not following the rules and was worried about his young family.

Having spent the past 6 months delivering emergency online support systems for government, I’ve had video calls several times a day, every day with our client’s project manager. We’ve become really close and she soon became a genuine friend who was a good ear and we would often share gripes. She started struggling quite hard with the ridiculous stress, 7 day weeks and 14 hour days and she’d often break the ‘professional code’ and tell me her worries.

She didn’t need to shield, but was basically doing so throughout lockdown, because she easily could and was worried about getting ill.

4 weeks ago, she didn’t join our daily stand up call which was unusual. Her boss emailed me to tell me she was ill and they didn’t know when she’d be back. Worried, I sent her a text message as I knew she used her private mobile for work. It hit me like a brick when she told me she’d tested positive and was quite poorly.

Move forward 4 weeks and she’s still not back to work and still not doing well. She’s a fit, 34-year-old woman who doesn’t drink or smoke, and COVID has made her very ill indeed. I keep checking in on her and she says she doesn’t feel much better now than she did when she first got poorly. What’s even more concerning is that she believes she contracted it when she gave in and went to the shop when her ASDA delivery didn’t turn up. It was her first time in a public place in months and so the most likely cause of infection.

She’s the first person I know to get COVID and so for me, it’s made it feel so much more real.

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I was walking through Hammersmith on Friday night on my way home, every pub I walked past was fairly packed with loads of groups of six, no fucking chance any of them lived together in the same household but I'm guessing their pretending to be roommates or something. 

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2 minutes ago, LaGoosh said:

I was walking through Hammersmith on Friday night on my way home, every pub I walked past was fairly packed with loads of groups of six, no fucking chance any of them lived together in the same household but I'm guessing their pretending to be roommates or something. 

If you went past The Lamb & Flag, chances are the lads having a drink with each other do actually live together.

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21 hours ago, LaGoosh said:

I was walking through Hammersmith on Friday night on my way home, every pub I walked past was fairly packed with loads of groups of six, no fucking chance any of them lived together in the same household but I'm guessing their pretending to be roommates or something. 

Maybe they were working?

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8 hours ago, Vamp said:

Maybe they were working?

What job requires you to get pissed with your mates in a pub in a tier 2 location on a Friday night? I want that job.

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1 minute ago, LaGoosh said:

What job requires you to get pissed with your mates in a pub in a tier 2 location on a Friday night? I want that job.

Think it was more a reference to some pubs actively advertising to book a table under the guise of a “business meeting”, then you’re able to socialise with people outside of your household.

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58 minutes ago, LaGoosh said:

What job requires you to get pissed with your mates in a pub in a tier 2 location on a Friday night? I want that job.

Maybe it’s me getting it wrong but is it a pub frequented by men who are good with colours? And the workers were rent boys?

Asking for a friend. 

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