UK Government May Only Let People Out ONCE A WEEK

11-01-21 08:45:00,

The British government has reportedly discussed upping COVID restrictions even further by only allowing people to leave their homes once per week.

Claiming that the National Health service is at breaking point, the government is said to be considering implementing stricter rules, including  compulsory mask-wearing outdoors, and banning so called ‘extended bubbles’, where people are allowed to meet one person from another household.

Most chilling, however, is the revelation that cabinet ministers have privately debated preventing people from talking to each other in the street and in supermarkets, and even preventing people from leaving home more than once per week, and introducing curfews.

Speaking to reporters, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said “We’re reviewing all the restrictions,” adding “I am worried about supermarkets and people actually wearing masks and following the one-way system, and making sure when it’s at capacity they wait outside the supermarket.”

“I’m worried about some of the pictures I’ve seen of social interactions in parks, if you have to exercise you can go out for exercise only,” Zahawi said.

A Government source also told the Daily Telegraph that the current rule allowing people to meet up with one person from another house to exercise is “being used as an excuse for people to go for a coffee in the park with their friends” and will likely be scrapped.

The source added that the government is discussing “making sure people aren’t using their own creativeness to interpret the rules how they want to.”

The report suggests that enforcement of the rules will be upped even more, with on the spot fines, potentially being upped from £200 to £500.

The revelations come after a weekend where police were seen cracking down on people in the streets of Britain.

Video emerged of policing arresting people who were walking, sitting on benches and drinking coffee outside.

After the footage went viral, police claimed, without any evidence, that the whole thing was staged by ‘anti-lockdown protesters’:

Some people have suggested there was an anti-lockdown protest taking place. Daily Mirror says here: “There is no suggestion that any of the people confronted by police were taking part in a protest.” Happy to be told otherwise if anyone has further info.

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US Government Role in Thailand’s “Student Protests” | Asia-Pacific Research

30-12-20 08:15:00,

This article was originally published in August 2020.

The Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand has tilted too far toward China for Washington’s liking. 

The country – with nearly 70 million people and the second largest economy in Southeast Asia – counts China as its biggest trade partner, its largest source of foreign direct investment, the largest source of tourism with China providing more tourists per year than all Western nations combined, and a key partner in developing infrastructure including the already under-construction China-Laos-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail link that will only further cement these ties.

Thailand is also replacing its aging US military hardware with Chinese alternatives including Chinese-made main battle tanks, armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, naval vessels including the Kingdom’s first modern submarines, and jointly developed projects like the DTI-1 multiple rocket launcher system. Thailand and China have also conducted joint military exercises in recent years.

To reverse this trend – the United States is attempting to destabilize Thailand politically and economically – topple the current government and place into power a political opposition led by abusive billionaires who have specifically vowed to roll back Thai-Chinese relations.

This has manifested in protests the Western corporate media has claimed are “student-led” and “organic” despite what are clearly centrally led protests with easily identifiable leaders tied directly to US government funding.

The protests are leveraging a nation-wide network created by US government organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID, and other funding mechanisms to overwrite Thailand’s indigenous institutions with Western-style alternatives across Thailand educational, labor, media, and political spaces.

The protests also have direct ties to US-backed opposition parties including those of fugitive billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra’s Pheu Thai Party and corrupt billionaire Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of Future Forward/Move Forward Party and even foreign opposition movements the US is funding in China’s territories of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Thailand’s US-backed Billionaire-led Opposition

Thailand’s political opposition – while portrayed by the Western media as “progressive liberals,” is in fact run by two corrupt billionaires.

One – Thaksin Shinawatra – is a convicted criminal who currently hides abroad as a fugitive.

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How U.S. Government Paid-Off Its Super-Rich in Order to Pass Its Coronavirus-Relief Laws – Global Research

22-12-20 05:30:00,

On December 14th, two excellent news-reports were belatedly published about some of the massive corruption that was behind the initial U.S. federal coronavirus-relief law, the CARES Act, and about U.S. Senators of both Parties now intending to include such corruption in the next one. (NOTE: This present news-report may be viewed as a confirmation, and a further explanation, of what I was predicting in my article on April 22nd, “Why Post-Coronavirus America Will Have Massive Poverty”. What that was predicting is being confirmed in the two recent news-reports that are cited here.)

Regarding the CARES Act, J. Robert Downen headlined in the Houston Chronicle on December 14th, “Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church got $4.4 million in federal PPP loans”, and he reported that “Lakewood received a $4.4 million loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, a part of the federal CARES Act that provided loans to pay employee wages or for other basic operational costs such as utilities. The program marked the first time federal lawmakers allowed for direct financial assistance to houses of worship. … More than 1,000 religious groups in Texas received hundreds of millions of dollars to retain a combined 59,000 jobs, the Chronicle reported in July.”

At around the start of the coronavirus-epidemic, the Texas state government had announced, on 24 January 2020, that “Our workforce continues to grow and is now 14,188,100 Texans strong”, and this means that the CARES Act’s breaking-of-precedent (“the first time federal lawmakers allowed for direct financial assistance to houses of worship”) was helping to retain employment for one two-hundred-and-fortieth of employed Texans, and therefore it couldn’t even possibly have produced any significant impact upon the rate of unemployment in Texas, but only improved the re-election chances of public officials in Texas, by its purchasing from Texas’s preachers (who have lots of political clout in that state) a more favorable attitude toward those incumbent governmental office-holders, who had provided this largesse, upon their special interest.

Downen’s article also listed 16 Texas corporations (such as “Percheron Holdings LLC”) which had been given federal loans of at least $10,000,000 each; and, so, the federal Government’s largesse wasn’t only to ‘non-profits’, nor to religious organizations.

However,

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UK government will use celebrities to push COVID-19 vaccines on the masses

03-12-20 01:53:00,

Buying a pair of shoes promoted by a celebrity you admire may be harmless, but not all celebrity endorsements are quite so innocent. Unfortunately, some people are all too willing to blindly follow whatever trends their favorite celebrities or social media influencers are jumping on, and now it appears that COVID-19 vaccines are going to be the latest way to feel like part of the “in crowd” – although those who get the shots could well be putting their health at serious risk.

The National Health Service of the UK plans to launch a big national campaign that will be fronted by what it deems “very sensible” celebrities aimed at persuading people to get coronavirus vaccines.

“NHS England are looking for famous faces, people who are known and loved. It could be celebrities who are very sensible and have done sensible stuff during the pandemic,” The Guardian reports.

In case you are having trouble imagining what qualifies a celebrity as “sensible,” a source told The Guardian that one of the names being considered is 23-year-old professional soccer player Marcus Rashford of Manchester United, who has been campaigning to end child hunger. Some officials have said that members of the Royal Family would somehow be ideal.

The Guardian also reported that well-known TV doctors would be enlisted, along with influencers who have large followings on social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Politicians are not expected to be included in the drive, but religious leaders will be asked to help convince their followers that “vaccination is good for them, their family and the country as a whole” in an attempt to get pro-vaccination messages to minorities.

Skepticism about the vaccine extends to NHS staff

Part of the reason for launching this campaign is worries that vaccine skepticism will prevent people from getting the shot. The Guardian reported that vaccine skepticism among NHS staff is also a concern, and if doctors aren’t rushing out to get the vaccine, that tells us all we need to know about it.

So far, the UK government has ordered 100 million doses of the vaccine being developed by Oxford University and Astra Zeneca,

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The New Norm: Government Lawbreaking – Global Research

27-11-20 03:33:00,

Government lawbreaking in Boris Johnson’s adminstration has now reached an unprecedented scale for a British government – and we should all be concerned.

In September last year, the supreme court ruled that Boris Johnson’s advice to the Queen that parliament should be prorogued for five weeks at the height of the Brexit crisis was unlawful. It was a unanimous judgment from the 11 justices on the UK’s highest court. Johnson’s response was to attack the supreme court and threatened to dissolve it.

More recently, we’ve heard how Members of Parliament have been pushing the UK government to back down over its controversial plan to breach international law with its Internal Markets Bill. The House of Lords reacted badly to it and inflicted a crushing defeat on Boris Johnson. In the first vote, the government was defeated by 433 to 165 by the Lords, in the second, by 407 to 148. This is still not resolved. For ‘global Britain’ this alone has been a disaster as it has attracted worldwide derision.

You could argue that both these events are seen by the government as the only way to get through their Brexit agenda – others would say that these are acts of desperation because Brexit simply can’t be done by working inside political, economic and diplomatic norms.

But as each day passes we are learning that at the very highest levels of government – new lawbreaking is being reported.

For the purposes of this article, we can leave aside the scale of illegal contracts provided by what is becoming known as the ‘chumocracy’ to Tory donors and friends of Tory MP’s who are taking advantage of the Covid crisis to feather their nests. Court cases against the government are already filed.

Controlling Information, blacklisting, targeting journalists

A report from OpenDemocracy this week that exposes the government of creating a ‘clearing house’ to control Freedom of Information requests is breathtaking. This is the stuff of tinpot dictators. Here, the governemt has been accused of running an ‘Orwellian’ unit in Michael Gove’s office that instructs Whitehall departments on how to respond to Freedom of Information requests. Worse still, it collects the personal information about journalists who submit them for nefarious reasons.

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