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600 a Week Dying from Heart Attack in London

In London alone 600 people a week more are now dying from heart attack because they were afraid to go to hospital.
Fear-Fueling Lockdowns Have Caused Gargantuan Excess Deaths Spikes They’re Trying to Blame on Covid-19
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday April 27, 2020 00:05 by 1 of indy   image 3 images
The mainstream media is acting as a mouth organ for the WHO and the state. There is very little coverage that questions the whole narrative of the Covid-19 lock down and police state measures nor any question of why the country is committing economic suicide. The propaganda has been relentless and so effective and it appears few seem bothered that their jobs and livelihoods have been trashed.

This story will contain links to what is happening elsewhere and the types of questions and answers that are appearing. This stuff should be front page on the mainstream media, but you do have to ask why not.

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westmeath / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday May 23, 2020 01:43 by liberty Report this post to the editors   image 2 images
We are facing the biggest crisis of our time and we are on the threshold of entering a permanent global police state. Now is the time to act!

100 Days of the Unelected Government
No To Corona Law
No to Mandatory Vaccines
No to the New Normal
No to Unlawful Lockdown read full story / add a comment
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louth / rights, freedoms and repression / event notice Saturday May 23, 2020 01:23 by liberty   image 1 image
We are facing the biggest crisis of our time and we are on the threshold of entering a permanent global police state. Now is the time to act!

100 Days of the Unelected Government
No To Corona Law
No to Mandatory Vaccines
No to the New Normal
No to Unlawful Lockdown read full story / add a comment
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international / health / disability issues / other press Saturday May 23, 2020 00:15 by vi   image 1 image
Across the nation, police are being told to not apprehend criminals but instead, to arrest parents at playgrounds, to arrest lone surfers on public beaches, to fine ministers and congregation members sitting in their cars listening to a service on the radio, and to restrict movement by creating one-way sidewalks. People have had enough. They are beginning to see the huge scam that has been perpetrated on the entire world over a viral infection with a global death rate of 1.4% (meaning, 1.4% of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have a fatal outcome, while 98.6% recover). This is far fewer deaths than a severe flu season. read full story / add a comment
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international / economics and finance / feature Friday May 22, 2020 00:01 by 1 of indy   text 2 comments (last - wednesday may 06, 2020 10:18)   image 5 images   1 attached file
Prof Neil Ferguson who was the chief advisor to the UK government in the lead up to the Covid lockdown and was instrumental in bringing it about based his advice the output of his own undocumented computer code he wrote 13 years ago. In the initial stages of the crisis his "model" predicted 500,000 deaths in the UK from Covid. Then a short time later, he revised his figures sharply downward and said his model now predicted to 20,000 deaths. This incidentally is the same number of deaths from flu in the UK in a typical year. So it appears to be the case that the UK has committed economic suicide based on software that no-one else could inspect in advance nor was there any independent verification. To make decisions based on this type of methodology is nothing short of criminal. And we haven't even got to the assumptions used which obviously are on equally shaky ground given one day the model was predicting 500,000 dead and then when obviously some level of correction was done, it was then only 20,000. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Saturday May 16, 2020 13:39 by anon   text 1 comment (last - monday may 18, 2020 22:13)   image 2 images
For the second weekend in a row, thousands of people are expected to demonstrate against coronavirus restriction measures in Germany, despite many controls being lifted on Friday. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Monday May 11, 2020 21:10 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
The weekend just gone by in the UK was a bank holiday weekend and the weather was really good. Millions of UK citizens fed up with the lunatic lockdown defied the authorities and were out in parks, beaches and on the streets in their droves. There were so many the police gave up trying to impose it. Even some pubs here and there opened up and people sat out enjoying the sun and having a pint. All the pubs should open rather than commit economic suicide and they should ask their customers to defend them. Up to that point the UK government message was Stay At Home. Today when many people returned to work it is reckoned the numbers up back to the near 70% to 80% of normal. Some of the London tubes were packed and nobody dropped dead as a result. This morning media figures including many celebrity figures were stunned and wondered what was going on while many who had stuck rigidly to the rules realized they have been fooled and lied to in the past 6 to 8 weeks. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / news report Friday May 08, 2020 21:17 by pm   image 1 image   1 attached file
The People's Movement have been producing comprehensive analysis of events and legislation in the EU and it's effect on Ireland for many years now. They are currently up to No 212 of their newsletters. Their analysis is extensive and should not be missed by anyone who is interested in this political sphere. All their issues are available from their website.
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international / economics and finance / other press Friday May 08, 2020 20:58 by 1 of indy   image 1 image
As another country ratifies the CETA trade agreement, the pressure will come on Ireland to do the same. The question that arises is where will the Greens stand on it as they ready themselves to get into power. Perhaps they will sell themselves out even before they get there.

The countries that have ratified CETA are Austria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and now Luxembourg.

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Wednesday May 06, 2020 23:53 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - friday may 08, 2020 01:14)   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Sally Maaz (17) died in Mayo University Hospital on April 24. Her cousin speaks out in this video.

What has happened here is criminal and requires investigation although this is unlikely to be done in any honest way given the blatant lies and propaganda around this Covid crisis.

Sally was moved to the #COVIDー19 ward even though she tested NEGATIVE twice. 1/14

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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday April 30, 2020 18:11 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - thursday april 30, 2020 23:33)   image 2 images   1 attached file
Dr Marcus de Brun a GP based in North Dublin who joined the Medical Council in 2018 at the invitation of Health Minister Harris has resigned over criticism at the government response to the Covid-19 virus in relation to the handling of nursing homes where many of the death occurred amongst the most vulnerable part of the population. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday April 29, 2020 22:55 by 1 of indy   image 1 image   audio 1 audio file
This is a repost of a story covering the video of the two brave doctors from California explaining how the lockdown is not necessary. The video was banned on YouTube but was then put up on Vimeo but has not been banned from there too.

Dr. Daniel W. Erickson of Bakersfield, California, is a former emergency-room physician who co-owns, with his partner Dr. Artin Massih, Accelerated Urgent Care in Bakersfield. They are experienced medical professionals who have 40 years of hands-on experience in dealing with viruses and respiratory infections. Watching the news in China in January, they knew the virus was on its way. They ordered many COVID-19 tests because they knew they would need them. They tested many thousands of people, and discovered for themselves what epidemiologists around the world are saying: COVID-19 came here earlier than previously believed, is more ubiquitous, and ultimately for the general population less deadly than we thought. read full story / add a comment
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national / economics and finance / feature Monday April 27, 2020 13:35 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - sunday may 10, 2020 12:51)   image 10 images
Never before in the history of the world has there been such a massive and widespread shutdown of the economy for as long as for this Covid-19 scare. As of today April 21st it has been more or less shutdown for a month and the politicians instead of doing their usual and saying we will be out of this soon are saying we need to continue it indefinitely and even when the lockdown is lifted, it will only be gradual return to normality. Clearly everyone is worried and a lot depends on how long this lockdown continues for. The question is not whether the economy both here in Ireland and globally will be damaged but more by how much. This is an important question because real lives depend on what happens in it
Here we attempt to assess where we are, what has happened and what logic dictates are some of the possible outcomes. read full story / add a comment
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national / rights, freedoms and repression / news report Thursday April 23, 2020 20:22 by anon   text 3 comments (last - friday april 24, 2020 21:44)   image 1 image   1 attached file
John Waters and Gemma O' Doherty have taken an action against the state that was before the Hight Court on Tues that challenged the laws introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic hoax.

In a shock move more than 40 supporters sat closely together which has horrified many sheepish citizens of the new police state. Instead of being struck down dead by the "Bug" the exposed the hoax for what it is but Garda didn't do too much to intervene becaue this bunch were immune to the absurd propaganda and statements we have heard in recent weeks since the hoax began. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / photo-essay Sunday April 19, 2020 21:32 by Winston Smith,   text 3 comments (last - thursday may 07, 2020 19:10)   image 16 images
How times have changed. In the space of a few weeks ordinary things like going to the beach or swimming have become illegal activities, criminal acts. We have sleep walked into a police state and we are clapping our way through it.

We are told that the lockdown will have to continue indefinitely. We are told there will be more rounds of Covid-19 each worse the next. This is completely counter to most diseases which get milder over time. We are told when the lock down lifts, groups no larger than 10 will be allowed. What does that mean for flying, going to the theatre, cinema, concerts, football matches. Going to the beach, staying in a hotel.

Actually it’s pure crap and if we don’t wake up and reject this bullshit, we are totally fucked.

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international / sci-tech / feature Saturday April 18, 2020 20:14 by 1 of indy   text 1 comment (last - monday april 27, 2020 15:58)   image 8 images
In light of the slight interruption to normal life that is going on it is worth reassessing some of the known common knowledge about Big Tech and it's related area Artificial Intelligence (AI). Unless you have been asleep for the past 10 years, everyone will have heard of Edward Snowden who revealed in quite extensive detail the level of ongoing surveillance carried out jointly by the US and UK intelligence agencies, the NSA and GCHQ. Prior to his disclosure any suggestion of widespread spying was met with derision. Overnight the world changed and it was widely accepted as fact by everyone. What's more is that the depth and scale of the programs were far bigger than even the pessimists had imagined. It was this more than anything which has tarnished the reputation of technology as something that was always good to a demonstration of it's dark side. The state as such has dirtied its reputation with regards to technology.
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / other press Wednesday April 15, 2020 10:50 by 1 of indy   image 8 images
Sweden has not locked down and is getting through the Covid epidemic. The globalists through their proxy WHO are screaming out Sweden to go into lockdown immediately. They are using the media owned by the billionaire class to pressurize the government to buckle and follow the path everyone else followed. The end goal of the world wide lockdown is to completely crash the economy.

It is time for people to stand up and stopping being obedient sheep and starting barking like dogs.

Here is the report covering how life continues as pretty much normal in Sweden

So far as I am aware, Sweden remains the only major Western country that has not imposed a strict lockdown on its citizens to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak. Other than a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people, and advice such as over-70s being urged to stay at home, Swedish schools, shops, restaurants and pubs all remain open. It almost seems to me that the Government there has decided to treat grown adults like they are … well grown adults. read full story / add a comment
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international / rights, freedoms and repression / feature Sunday April 05, 2020 23:11 by 1 of indy   text 14 comments (last - monday may 25, 2020 19:24)   image 7 images   video 3 video files
The current shutdown of the economy and lockdown of society all around the world is unprecedented and it is very clear that the media are talking up the number and trying to instil panic and fear in the people. This is true not just in Ireland but everywhere else. What all the media reports have in common is that not a single one of them puts the numbers into perspective. All we see are league tables of infections and deaths for this country and others and how it is all going to get worse. Update: The common flu causes up to 5 million cases of severe illness worldwide and kills up to 650,000 people every year, according to the World Health Organization
THIS IS HUGE: Stanford’s Antibodies Study Wraps Up, Shows Covid-19 Is 50x More Prevalent and 50x Less Deadly Than Believed
https://youtu.be/jGUgrEfSgaU
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international / anti-war / imperialism / event notice Thursday March 19, 2020 21:46 by Paul   image 2 images
The olive harvest time in Palestine is a wonderful time for a visit. The trees are full of ripe olives and in solidarity with the Palestinian land owners we will be part of this traditional experience. You can either climb a tree or work down on the ground. We collect the olives on the tarps and then in buckets and bags. We will have traditional Palestinian lunch on the fields and we will visit an olive press. Besides volunteering on the land you will have the chance to discover Palestine and travel around with your guide Baha, to understand the reality of the geo-political situation. There are excursions to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Lifta, Hebron and the South Hebron hills, Ramallah (the Arafat Museum) and Nabi Saleh, known for its continuous non violent resistance. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday March 18, 2020 22:23 by sp   image 1 image
The Irish health system is entering the Covid-19 crisis in a very poor position. Before the virus hit, it was already at breaking point. This is a result of chronic underfunding by successive governments stretching back decades and made worse in the last decade of austerity. Despite the spin from the government, the Irish state is actually one of the lowest spenders on healthcare in the OECD.

An estimated 1.9 million people could contract the Covid-19 virus in the State. A feature of the infection for some is respiratory difficulties. It is estimated that 5%-10% will need more intensive treatment in hospitals and up to half of them will need access to ventilation equipment. There is a real fear on the part of working class people generally and of course healthcare staff of the impact of COVID-19 in the context of an underfunded and overstretched health system. read full story / add a comment
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