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## Black Friday Shutdown

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If they are going to lock us down then lets shut them down, please share!

BLACK FRIDAY SHUTDOWN!

MAKE IT A COVID FLU DAY!

Friday 27 November 2020

If you are sick of Covid, the mainstream media and the constant fear-mongering, then we are asking you to show your support for an end to lockdown by not buying anything on Black Friday or engaging in any online activity, no internet, no Twitter, no Facebook, no TV, radio etc. shut it all down and go visit your family and friends instead.

We are also calling on all other workers, shop workers, key workers, police etc. to have a Covid flu day and not go to work. Call in sick, say you think you may have covid, (after all you don't need to  have any symptoms to have covid) and you need to stay home.

If we stand together, we can end this!

Power to the People!

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## Vaccine

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Just a thought, but with the thousands of positive tests around the country, and most people having no or very mild symptoms, there is hardly much need for a vaccine now, is there?

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## Save Our Freedoms

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I attended the Save our Freedoms protest at Stormont on Saturday, we didn't have anything like London's numbers but there were a few hundred there and it was a beautiful day with sunshine and blue skies. The PSNI were in attendance but it was all very casual and relaxed.  I made some new friends and contacts, gave out a few Keep Britain Free leaflets and look forward to the next one.

My son and my granddaughter came along too. He was especially anxious to go after seeing his daughter's hands. He works away during the week so only see's her on the weekend. They were cracked and bleeding with dermatitis from being made to use hand sanitizer in school. Her mother spoke to the teacher about it and said it is not to happen again. She isn't the only one in her class to have been affected by this, there are several others as well and I have seen a few posting online as well on the Us for Them page on Facebook which is a site concerned with how our children are being treated in schools at present.  Between masks on teenagers and burning the hands of children, this really is child abuse. What have we become as a nation to allow this, or go along with this, over a bad case of the flu.

There was a surprise guest speaker, Dr Dolores Cahill, Phd who has been at the front of the Health Freedom Ireland movement and has spoken at protests in London and Berlin and is due there again this week. One of the most interesting points made on the day was by one of the other speakers. He asked the crowd, 'Do you know anyone who has died from the virus?'. No one put their hand up. Then he asked ' Do you know anyone who has committed suicide because of the lockdown?'. Almost everyone put their hand up.

But I can see the tide is turning, if it is a little slow. Since my letters to the paper several people had contacted me through Facebook so we are building a little opposition. Many thought they were the only person in disagreement with what is happening, and it was a relief to hear that there are more out there.

I was in Derry yesterday, and speaking to a shop assistant, I won't say where in case he gets in trouble, but he didn't have a mask on and when he showed me that I had to scan the items myself, he rolled his eyes and we got into a conversation about lockdown and the rest. Maybe he knew I would be ok as I didn't have a mask on either. But an interesting thing happened when we were talking, an elderly lady who was in the queue behind me was listening and then took off her mask.

Then we went down the quayside a walk and stopped for a bit to eat, it was outside as it was another beautiful day, and a man approached the table next to us with his young daughter and the conversation was all about how fed up they were with all this, how the novelty of zoom calls was over and now they wanted their lives back. I also saw a large crowd queuing outside Smyth's Toy Store and thought, 'how is this going to work through the winter, will people be left standing in the street in the cold and the rain?'

Anyway, Amazon will do and have done very well out of it all. And when they told you to put your mask on, did you think to ask how long for and when do you take it off? Remember, 3 weeks to 'Save the NHS' and here we are 6 months later, and a second, completely unnecessary lockdown being threatened.

I was looking at a post earlier on the students who are 'locked' in, in Manchester. I remarked, that the only person locking them in is themselves, they can open the door and leave any time they want, the prison is in their own minds, telling them they have to obey'. But then the prisons of the mind are much harder to break out of.

No one puts a mask on you, you do it yourself, Adolf Hitler never killed anyone, he never lifted a gun or put a foot inside Auschwitz. It was ordinary people who did the killing, they put on the uniform and followed the orders, and as someone shared on Twitter, the people who killed Ann Frank were obeying the law, the people who sheltered her were breaking the law.

So, on that note, I will leave you with this thought from Henry David Thoreau in his essay on Civil Disobediance, his words were never more relevant -

'the state never intentionally confronts a man’s sense, intellectual or moral, but only his body, his senses. It is not armed with superior wit or honesty, but with superior physical strength. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.'

MP's vote this week on extending Lockdown for 2 more years, if you disagree let your MP or MLA know.

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## Letters to the Paper Round 3

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Well, I waited in anticipation for their response in the hope that we could get this debate going but this was it under the banner - Hard to know who to believe

In response to last week’s letter – Respected doctors, scientist, epidemiologist and virologist with decades of study, research and practical experience behind them or someone who has spent six months watching Youtube videos.

It’s hard to know who to believe these days.

That was it, so this was my response -

The NCR still cannot put forward any argument to support masks, lockdowns or restrictions and can only demonstrate the same arrogance with their empty rhetoric and sarcastic comments. They talk about doctors, scientists and epidemiologists but cannot offer the name of one or cite their work.  So, here’s a few for them to look up – Dr Vernon Coleman, Dr Judy Mikovits Phd in Virology, Dr Rashid Bhuttar or any of the 640 German Doctors who recently spoke out against the WHO narrative, Covid 19 and their government as part of a global scam.

I would especially recommend watching the interview with Dr Mikovits on the London Real site and there is also a very interesting interview with Robert Kennedy Jr, son of the late Senator Bobby Kennedy and Chairman of the Children’s Health Defence, especially, if you have a child with autism.

I could name many more but I’m sure that the NCR won’t even bother to check them out  because even a few hours of ‘honest’ research would reveal glaring contradictions and discrepancies in the narrative being pumped out by the media and the government.

And if they are trying to work out who to believe, here are a few questions for the NCR to ask as they try to work out where the truth lies:

1 What is being said?

2 Who is saying it?

3 WHY are they saying it?

4 Where is the evidence

5 How do you know it is where or who they say it is?  Can it be verified by an independent body or person or someone you know is reliable?

6 And this is probably the most important one - Is there anything else going on in background that they may be trying to distract you from?

On the advice of the late great Carl Sagan, I try to ‘critically interrogate’ everything I am being told and when things don’t add up, I apply the scientific principle of ‘Occams Razor’ - when there are two competing narratives, the simplest explanation is probably the truest - and when it comes to politics (and health) the answer is usually money.

And coincidentally, back in March, in the world of financial trading, there was a lot happening. The west was/is bankrupt and was heading for another financial crash. The Saudi's and the Russians’ wanted to dump the petrodollar as the world’s trading currency. They fell out for a while about it which was why the price of oil went down but Russia was in the best position to take it over.  Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gadaffi had proposed this before and we all know what happened to them.

So, financial trading was going to change from petrodollars to whoever had a currency, and the wealth. to back it, the US, at that point, had a budget deficit of 1.3 trillion dollars, whereas Russia had no debt, lots of gold, natural resources and oil.  So, this is why, I think, we are where we are - the Globalist don't like that they have lost their hegemony and then along came Covid 19, just in time, to save the day.

So, we are being frogmarched towards the financial reset, the ‘new normal’ a cashless society where they can wipe out their debt with a bit of computer wizardry but not your debt, and we are all going to be paying for it, us, our children and our grandchildren.

Then again, maybe I am wrong, but coincidentally, last month, the Belarusian President said that the IMF and the World Bank offered him $940million to impose extreme lockdown on his people in the form of Covid Relief Aid. I wonder why? So, now, I think, the question has to be asked, have any of our political parties received money from the IMF or the World Bank to impose ‘lockdown’? Maybe the NCR could tell us or will I see what I can find on Youtube? But this letter wasn't printed, so the right of response has been denied by the editor of the paper, who I strongly suspect is the NCR. As well as editing the paper, he also has a column and the style and tone of writing is very similar. This week's paper was full of the fear-mongering again, with reports of a rise in cases so I don't think my letter would have fitted in with the narrative or the hysteria they were trying to generate. But I'll wait and see, maybe they were short of room and it might be in this week. However, right at the beginning of this, I sent a letter is which is on the blog, and it wasn't printed and very probably for the same reasons. Here is a link to an article on the Belarussian claim, this has been reported on other sites too. And just as a note to this, there are ongoing demonstrations now in Belarus against the President, and reports in August of an attempted coup, link to that story below as well. https://fort-russ.com/2020/09/belarusian-president-lukashenko-says-imf-offered-a-billion-usd-bribe-to-impose-covid-19-lockdown/ Share post ## Response to Round 2 Visible to anyone in the world So, this is my response to the last letter. It’s only good manners to thank someone when they compliment you, as the Non Conspiracy Theorist (NCR) did last week on the eloquence of my writing, and maybe to return the compliment, but, on this occasion, I will pass on both those options and can only remark on the wilful ignorance and arrogance of the writer. Unfortunately, for me, I do not have the same callous disregard for the rest of humanity as the NCR especially, when I see our fundamental human rights being stripped away for nothing more than a bad case of the flu, as evidenced by the figures. Between 2014 -18 deaths from flu in the UK averaged 21,500, the figure this year is 1400. What miracle occurred this year to reduce those figures so dramatically? I only wish I could sit in ignorance of the reality of what has unfolded in our country and the world, and run off to the beach and bury my head in the sand, like the NCR, and ignore the 1.2 million who have lost their jobs, the £150 billion of national debt, the thousands of excess deaths, the rising suicides and the patients who are being denied treatment on ever lengthening waiting lists and to care nothing about the fallout from all these events. As for Mr Gates, the information I supplied is freely available from any number of independent news sites across the internet, if you could be bothered to look. Event 201 even has its own website. And for the record, I obtained my degree from an accredited University which is one degree more than Mr Gates has. But would it ever occur to the NCR to question why a man with no medical qualifications, or training of any kind, gets to sit down with governments across the world and dictate health policy? By Mr Gates own admission, and you won’t need a dinner invitation or an appointment with his accountant to know that he is getting a 20% return on his investments in vaccines, the news interview is freely available on the internet for anyone to watch. Did the NCR really think the multi-billionaire wanted to vaccinate the world out of altruism? 7bn @ 20% is a nice payday for Bill and his business associates. It’s a mystery to the NCR why Mr Gates wants to increase his already vast wealth, by their own admission, they don’t see it. I would say that’s a sentence that occurs often in the course of their conversations, along with ’I don’t know’ and ‘I don’t care’. But the greed, miserliness and lust for power of the rich is well noted in our culture, information which, again, is freely available to anyone who would make the effort to look. But, when things don’t make sense, I make it my business to try and find out what is going on, and I do care when I see humanity being terrorised, lied to and manipulated by predatory global elites, with the complicity of their minions in the media and government, who are supposed to be acting in our interests. As myopic as the NCR’s outlook is, even with their limited capacity for understanding, they would have to question why 5 months after ‘3 weeks to save the NHS and flatten the curve’ we are forcing children into masks when the curve, at this point, is prostrate? But here’s a little information for our NCR to ponder in the wasteland of their mind while sitting on the beach or wandering around the shopping mall, the ‘virus’ has still not been isolated or met the criteria to be called an infectious disease, as laid down in Koch’s Postulates. And the RT-PCR test which is being used to detect the virus was, as stated by the inventor of the test, Kary Mullis, never designed to diagnose infectious disease, as it had a false positive rate of 80%. The NCR might think or, at least, try to think about, why, if the virus is so deadly, you need to get a test at all, to know you have it? Or, if it is so deadly, how could you have it and not have any symptoms? Or even, what possible reason could anyone have to put a cloth or paper mask on a healthy person against a virus that is 1/10,000th of a millimetre, can easily pass through paper and cloth and can only be seen with a microscope? Or why do we even need a vaccine for a virus that has a 99.97% recovery rate in the general population? But, to even consider possible answers, to those questions, would require effort and for the NCR to also, consider the small possibility that, maybe, just maybe, they don’t know it all. So, a little advice in return, step away from the mirror, deflate your ego (if only your intellect was as large) sit down at the computer and see what you can learn. Share post ## Letters to the Paper Round 2 Visible to anyone in the world Edited by Aideen Devine, Sunday, 11 Oct 2020, 09:39 Well I've a day off today and it’s been a busy few weeks so I’m just trying to get caught up with things and get the blog up to date. So, this is round 2 of letters to the local paper, this was the response to my letter, it added nothing to the debate, nothing on health figures or the efficacy of masks, lockdowns or otherwise to back up their case but here it is anyway. Firstly I would like to paraise the author on her eloquence. It was a well written piece stating her points very clealy and I do agree with her when she describes the term ‘conspiracy theorist’ as lazy. It is a phrase too often trotted out to dismiss the views of a minority whose beliefs do not fit in with the mainstream narrative. I do however have to question where Ms Devine is coming from in the rest of her well-crafted monologue. Basically she is laying the blame for all the current woes facing the world at the doorstep of Bill Gates. Ms Devine states with such authority that what she says is the absolute truth – that one would be led to believe she has met Mr Gates. Not only has she met him but he has granted her access to his various investments and financial affairs. How else could she know such unchallengeable truths about his$1billion deals and his helping to draft legislation that would let pharmaceutical companies off the hook in the event of a coronavirus outbreak?

I’m guessing and I stand to be corrected here, that Ms Devine has not in fact had dinner with Bill Gates but that she has received her Masters Degree from the University of the Internet. A well-attended educations establishment it is too.

My question would be this: Why? What has Bill Gates got to gain from this pandemic? A quick Googles search tells me that he is already worth $114 billion so he’s hardly in it for the money. The man will be 65 shortly – so unless he uses his billions to unearth the secret to eternal life, he has 30 years left , give or take. And what then? On his deathbed will he be surrounded by the rest of the supposed ghouls – Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Jacob Rothschild – rubbing his hands and cackling at how he brought the world to its knees? (BTW I made no mention at all of any of these people in my letter if anyone want's to go back and check, or a new world order) I just don’t see it. But maybe that is the point MS Devine is trying to make. I would also ask though, so what? So what if there is some New World Order out there and we are all being played like cheap fiddles? We only get a few decades on this earth and time passes quickly. When you’re gone the nefarious cabal will be someone else’s problem. Step away from the computer. Drive to the beach. Meet a friend for a cuppa. Do something productive because siting worrying about Bill Gates and the unholy dealing you believe his is weaving from his dark castle is not good for your mental-well being. Share post ## Scooby Dooby Doo! Visible to anyone in the world Darn those pesky kids, if they haven't done it again. Enjoy the laugh folks, it's going to be a long lonely winter. Share post ## Medical Marshall Law Visible to anyone in the world Edited by Aideen Devine, Tuesday, 22 Sep 2020, 22:17 I shared a post about this back in March and was slagged off by some for it., I wonder what they think now 6 months after '3 weeks to save the NHS' when we are heading for another 6 month lockdown and the threat of the army being put on the streets to make us obey, helped with covid marshalls and neighbours turning in their neighbours. Just stop for a minute and look at what has been done to this country in 6 months and you, and if you still think this is about a virus, then you are beyond help and deserve every vaccine they give you, when you're chipped, pinned and tracked like a dog. But for anyone in NI who is against this, there is a Save Our Freedoms protest at Stormont on Saturday in solidarity with London. It begins at 2.00pm and I will be there with a couple of others. I don't expect much of a turnout to be honest, most of them are still brain dead around here and believe every lie they are being told. But it would be great to see people there, and if you're coming or support the idea but can't make it, then please share this information and maybe more will come along. And still the 'virus' has not been isolated or met Koch Postulates to be considered an infectious disease. A lockdown for a 'virus' that has a 99.97% recovery rate in the general population. It's beyond farce, it's a tragedy and the snivelling gutless cowards who are going along with it are beyond contempt. Share post ## It aint' over til it's over Visible to anyone in the world It's been an intense week and just welcomed back a friend in the fight for freedom so in his honour I'm posting this link, chill and enjoy! Share post ## PCC - WISE Isles Visible to anyone in the world Edited by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 9 Sep 2020, 19:08 As the shambles continues and the opposition has disappeared into the ether, I feel now is the time to move forward with this as the despair among the population is increasing with some of the latest pronouncements - contact details are at the bottom of the page. As leaders and politicians around the world have shown throughout the Covid 19 ‘crisis’, they lack the competency, understanding and integrity to care for and protect the people, especially from predatory global elites who seek to monitor and control us, and deprive us of our freedom and autonomy. Therefore, I am proposing the creation of a new political party. This party will not be based on any ideology of left or right, nationalist or unionist, monarchy or republic, socialist or capitalist but will be a party based on providing the necessities to ensure a life of quality for all the people. I would especially appeal to the silent majority among us who do not vote, and who feel that the present political set-up and our representatives no longer speak for us or have any understanding of our lives. This party will be called the PCC Party – that stands for People, Community, Country which will be the order of care and priority. Our manifesto will be based on the practical needs of the people and the realities of life. It is all very well to dream of a better way of living but we need to take steps to make it happen. Policy and politics will be issued based and not ideologically based. These are some of the proposals I have drafted in order to begin the conversation around creating a a new political structure, to find a way of working that fits with the modern world and not the stale ideology of ages past. I propose: · The abolition of the House of Lords and the Privy Council to be replaced by a council of seniors who will be nominated by the people for their wisdom, understanding and knowledge. · A written constitution to enshrine our freedoms in law. · I also propose changes to the way we vote which will be focused on issues not personality, with checks and balances put in place to ensure politicians deliver what they promise in their manifestoes. · Ministers appointed by merit. For example, the Minister for Education will be someone with many years’ experience in the field of education and who has the knowledge and skills to help to decide policy and devise a curriculum to ensure our children are not just taught but educated. · Politicians will not be allowed to stand for a constituency if they are not a permanent resident of that constituency. For no one knows the needs of community better than those who live there. · An environmental policy that cares for the people and the environment, based on science and not on the false propaganda of corporations, dishonest politicians and vested interests. · A cap on wealth as we have seen and experienced how the accumulation of vast stores of wealth has led to the corruption of the political, economic, and health and social fabric of our society. There will also be severe penalties for anyone who would use their money or position to usurp the democratic will of the people. · A health care system that is focused on health, not just on medication or working for profit for the pharmaceutical industry. · The end to wars for profit. There will be no engaging in war without the full support and consent of the people. If the country should have to engage in war then there will be no profiteering by corporations allowed in the supply of goods and services to the armed or defence forces. · International relations will change from a position of distrust, suspicion and paranoia to one of openness and co-operation. · The creation of an independent body to ensure transparency in the body politic and the media, to investigate, expose and hold to account those who would deliberately mislead the public with lies, fake news and misinformation. · I envisage in the long term, a move towards a society not driven by monetary gain or the accumulation of consumer goods but a society that operates cooperatively with each individual playing their part in the community and each member of that community able to access the goods and services they need, and where every member of that community is afforded the respect and care due to all human beings. · Ultimately, I envisage and unification of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales as 4 interdependent but separate countries within what I call the WISE Isles If you are interested in any of these and want to join the conversation and get this party started, please contact me at : pcc100@mail.com I have set up a Facebook page too, it's under PCC100, if interested send me a friend request. Share post ## Masks and the Law Visible to anyone in the world I'm sharing this link to an article in The Critic, regarding the law and the present 'scam'. I read a post on Twitter this morning from a teacher who was up all night with 'nerves' because they are starting back to work today and have been told to wear a mask;they won't be. For the record, there is no law on the statute books of the UK that can force you to wear a mask, the Government might have said it is compulsory but they are chancing their arm because people do not know the difference between ministerial guidance, which is what it is, and law. When you are ordered to wear anything, be it a yellow star, a burka or a mask, against your will, then you are living under fascism. The only person who can make you wear a mask in the present situation is you - so you do not have to wear one, if you do not want to wear one. So, the question is, will you be complicit in your own enslavement? Permalink 2 comments (latest comment by Aideen Devine, Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020, 22:29) Share post ## In Defence of 'Vigilante Conspiracy Theorists' Visible to anyone in the world So, in answer to our local politicians this is the letter I drafted and sent to the paper in response to the article. The paper comes out on Thursday so I won't know until then if they are going to print it but here is the full text of it. In answer to Stephen Edwards and Daniel McCrossan’s hysterical over-reaction to a bit of paint on a wall, I must first challenge the assertion of ‘conspiracy theory’. Maybe they were looking at a different wall but, for the life of me, all I see is 3 statements opposing the ‘new normal’, the wearing of masks and a hashtag in support of KBF (Keep Britain Free, there is no Keep (N) Ireland Free group yet.) And where exactly is the ‘fake news’? Now, if it had said something like ‘in February 2019, Bill Gates helped draft legislation to ensure pharmaceutical companies would not be held liable for any injury caused by a corona virus vaccine, or in August 2019, Bill Gates signed a$1billion deal with a democratic Senator for Track and Trace technology, or even in October 2019, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation along with the World Economic Forum and the John Hopkins Centre ran a simulation, called Event 201, to plan for what would happen if there was a corona-virus pandemic. But, these are all facts not conspiracy theories or fake news.

As a matter of fact, considering the hysteria, one would almost think there was a conspiracy to push the narrative pumped out by the mainstream media, and their obliging political minions, and discredit anyone who would dare to disagree.

There is a long history of graffiti as a means of legitimate political protest, especially when those who disagree are censored and denied a forum through which to voice their discontent and/or disagreements. When the media, national and local, indulge in censorship, other means of protest have to be utilised.

The Republican movement in Strabane have a history of daubing the walls with their slogans, ‘Ireland unfree shall never be at peace’ is one that adorned the walls of the Ballycolman area for many years. Forgotten now it seems…and we certainly won’t talk about the price Strabane has paid for their activities, past and present. For the record, it was done in daylight too not in the dark.

The term ‘conspiracy theorist’ was first coined by the CIA to try and discredit anyone who disagreed with the narrative on the assassination of John F Kennedy. To call anyone a ‘conspiracy theorist’ is to indulge in the laziest form of politics, self-righteously, grandstanding with weak and insipid name-calling, rather than debating with robust intelligent arguments based on fact. But if any of our representatives would like to publicly debate on the merits of the ‘lockdown’, masks or any aspect of the ‘new normal’ or ‘tyranny’, then I would be more than happy to oblige without masks, (anti)social-distancing or censorship.

As to moral duty, there is an old saying - Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.

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## Not Banksy

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Edited by Aideen Devine, Sunday, 11 Oct 2020, 09:58

You see, this is what happens when you don't get your art class, you have to get out and create something and when you have a political conscience as demanding as mine, then what else is a girl to do?? This is across from the local Sinn Fascist office who along with the SDLP took to the local paper to condemn 'vigilante conspiracy theorists' as you can see from the article below. Well, it might not be Banksy but it makes a point.

A few of the highlights from the article read: 'Vigilante conspiracy theorists need to catch themselves on after anti-face mask graffiti was daubed on at least two locations in Strabane this week.  The graffiti which appeared at the Bridgend and also on the river wall has also been described as 'mindless vandalism'.

One of the slogans reads, 'No new normal. #nomask tyranny #KBF. It is understood that the term KBF or 'Keep Britain Free' has been used by people protesting against Covid 19 restrictions.

SDLP councillor Steven Edwards condemned the graffiti. 'Not only does this graffiti vandalise public property but it also spreads 'fake news' around the wearing of masks...the vigilante conspiracy theorists need to catch themselves on and realise the damage they are causing to Strabane town.

Party colleague Daniel McCrossan added, 'Whoever did this - wise up. Protest if you like but don't blight our town. Strabane Sinn Fein also condemned the graffiti ' We have asked the council to remove this eyesore from outside our office. We are deeply disappointed that whoever decided to do this in the dark of the night also vandalised our poster thanking NHS and key workers.'

Daniel McCrossan also mentioned their 'moral duty' to protect others. The bottom picture in case you can't see it clearly, says 1939 with a yellow star painted next to it and 2020 with a mask. This was painted on the back of one of those propaganda covid 19 boards telling us to stay apart, wash your hands blah, blah, blah, and I painted a nice big swastika on the front of it so they couldn't put it up again. I was going to to the same to the Sinn Fein board they had put up about clapping for the NHS but my paint ran out and as a key worker myself I find it patronising and puerile as do many of my colleagues.

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Well, I managed to get the whole way to the South of England, and back again, without a mask and without much hassle too, I have to say.  Had a lovely few days enjoying the sunshine and heat with visits to Brighton and Littlehampton, where the beaches were busy with people out and about and enjoying themselves, and barely a mask in sight.

However, on the journey itself, I was one of the very few flying (or using the trains, or shopping) without a mask, and I never saw the airports as empty as Heathrow and Gatwick were. The travelling was actually quite depressing, normally there is a buzz around the airports and London, but not this time. There was a general air of despondency hanging over everyone which is sad to see as I love London/England. I wonder how long the trains can run like this too. On the way back yesterday, I was the only person in the carriage and the one next to me was empty as well. This was the Gatwick Express going to Victoria and there were barely 15 people on it, a train that is normally full to bursting, especially, at this time of the year.

As I was travelling, I was thinking about England and the English. England is not a very big country geographically, but in spite of that, and I'm addressing this to the people of England, you started the Industrial Revolution and led the world in manufacturing, science and technology. Just take a walk around Highgate Cemetery to see the names of the many scientists buried there, many of whom escaped persecution in other countries and found a home in England.

A hundred years ago, you had conquered most of the world with the 'sun not setting on the British Empire' and I'm not going to get into a debate on the historical rights or wrongs of that, at least not today. You fought two world wars and were on the winning side each time, you built your country back up afterwards and created the welfare state and the NHS which lifted millions out of poverty and gave them a higher standard of living. This led to a rise in social mobility that, in turn, created the explosion of talent in music, art and technology that was the 1960's when Britain led the world in manufacturing, fashion, culture and innovation. Political debates raged and London was the centre for all that energy and enthusiasm which promised so much for so many.

And how many times in your history have you fought back against invaders? Spanish Armada, Battle of Britain, anyone?

So, what happened, where has it gone? Travelling around Southern England I can only shake my head in despair to see the people of England so low, muzzled and depressed by a 'virus' and a government that doesn't give a damn about your health and is nothing more than the puppet of the corporate and banking empires that now rule the world. If they really cared about your health, would there be a mental health/obesity/poverty/social care crisis that has been building up for 40 years?

But it's not just England, look at Scotland, home of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, presided over now by a woman who is becoming more like Stalin with every passing day. Where is the heart of Scottish rebellion now, locked down and masked in tyranny by Nicola Krankie over a bad case of the flu?

And Ireland? I came back to find that the Sinn Fascists have made muzzles mandatory in shops here too. The great Irish rebels, the great freedom fighters of Ireland are now the foil of the Tories, Maggie Thatcher's old party. Excuse me, while I pull the craw of hypocrisy out of my throat! Their compatriots in arms terrorised the country for 30 years, with their masks and guns, and have left behind a legacy of severe social and mental heath problems in their wake. We don't have the highest suicide rate in Europe for nothing!

Not to mention, the thousands who left or were driven out by them since the 1960's. If they really cared one iota for the 'health' of the people here, tackling that legacy might be a good place to start and maybe they could begin by removing all the memorials to death and murals, to what was 30 years of hell, instead of constantly raking up the past and playing the victim card when the truth is, they were the biggest terrorisers of the nationalist community. I know because I lived through it and it galls me to see them self-righteously pontificate to the rest of us now. 'There is no one more pious than a reformed whore', as the saying goes. But then Sinn Fein were always fascists dressed up as freedom fighters, and have become everything they railed against Unionism for, before they 'reformed', and it's jobs for the boys and their families and friends. Nepotism/cronyism rules!

And lets not forget Owain Glyndŵr of Wales, another fighter for freedom, he must be spinning in his grave with the rest of them, and all over a flu that has negligible impact on the fit and healthy, that has seen a fascist agenda imposed across the world with every little tinpot dictator having a field day. If only Adolf, Mao and Josef had known that all they had to do to impose a complete totalitarian/authoritarian dictatorship was to yell 'Virus' and then sit back and watch as the people capitulated, and not just capitulated but actively report and police those who would dare to defy the 'authorities'.

And don't even start with the 'you're going to kill granny' propaganda. Honest to God, you would think that no one ever died before! Did you think we all lived in some airy fairy dreamland, some utopian oasis where we all lived forever and no one ever got sick and died? Like the US before Donald Trump became president, wasn't it such a paradise??!!!

Good God, what planet are you living on? Where is your fight and your spirit? What did all those millions fight and die in two world wars for, especially those in the First World War, in the mud and dirt of France, conditions you could not even begin to imagine in your worst nightmares - FREEDOM!!! FREEDOM FROM TYRANNY! And you're sitting at home with your mask cringing about a 'flu', shame on you!

It's a sad fact of life, we're all going to die, REALITY!. And as I said before, it is not about dying, it is about how you lived. Now seriously, grow up and deal with it!

THEN, GET OVER YOURSELVES, GET BACK OUT THERE AND TAKE YOU LIFE BACK, FFS!

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## Cat Flu

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In light of the story around a cat with corona, just in case anyone is worrying about kitty,  I thought I would share this from the Simpsons way back from 1993 have a laugh!

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It's been a few weeks since I posted anything, but since there isn't anything other than the slow descent into technological and medical enslavement to talk about, there really wasn't much point. But irony of ironies, we now have Sinn Fascism telling us to wear masks.  4 months after '3 weeks to save the NHS' and NOW you need a mask. We've been given 4 weeks to get used to the idea before they make it mandatory, you couldn't make it up!! Well, actually you could because that is exactly what they are doing, and from the party whose military wing spent years running around with masks and guns, terrorising and traumatising an entire community?? Give me strength!!!

But I don't care who says it, I still won't be wearing one, I don't care if it's mandatory, compulsory or whatever, I'm not wearing one because a) they are completely pointless - a virus is so small you need a microscope to see it, it is one 10,000th of a millimetre and can easily pass through paper and cloth  and b) for health reasons - and as the propaganda says - it's not to protect me, it's to protect you -  because if you try and put a mask on me, you will get severely beaten.

But I don't care anyway as my holidays are coming up soon and i'll be heading to England for a few days, for a nice change of scenery. I have to fly out of Belfast this time to Heathrow as everything going to Gatwick was sold out, making it a bit of a trek to get down to Sussex. But it'll be worth it, I'm sure.

I also started running recently, something I never thought I would do, but it just sort of evolved with being out walking so much, and I thought I would try the couch to 5k. I'm just starting my 3rd week and going pretty well, I managed to run for a steady 10 minutes on Saturday and could have run for longer but didn't want to push my luck. I won't be doing any marathons but I'll be quite happy if I can manage a 5k.

I've also been cutting back on the social media and the telly and been reading more, in between the crocheting, gardening and decorating. I finished Carl Sagan's The Demon Haunted World and also read Ron Kovic's, Born on the 4th of July. I'm on the last chapter of America:The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges at the moment. The book is divided into 7 chapters, each dealing with a different aspect of the declining empire. I had to take a 3 week break after reading the chapter on Sadism, it was pretty rough and as Hate was the one straight after, I needed a break before getting into that. I don't agree with all his conclusions, but the final chapter titled 'Freedom' is a real eye opener into the depth of the corruption in the prison system or the industrial prison system. It is the best chapter in the book.  The prison system is the new slavery, there is just no argument on that and the corporations all have their dirty hands in the trough.  Did you know that all the McDonald's uniforms are made in prison by inmates getting paid a dollar an hour, if they are lucky, many aren't even getting a dollar. Think about that the next time you're chowing down on a Big Mac.

But McDonalds aren't the only ones, all military gear is made by prisoners and here are just some of the other corporations using prison labour to boost their profits, usually done through sub contractors - JC Penney (or Primark to us), AT&T, Bank of America, Walmart ( or Asda), Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, Dell, Revlon, Johnson & Johnson, Fruit of the Loom, Quaker Oats and many more. It's a business and a very big business at that, and one I'll come back to but whatever you may think of the Black Lives Matter campaign, there are genuine issues of grievance within the black community to be addressed. However, poor whites are suffering just as much and these are the groups who need to unite to fight the injustice and exploitation. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening any time soon, we're badly in need of a Malcolm X or 2, (the last honest politician) but with everything that is going on at the moment, something has got to give, as we really can't go on like this. It's a question of where and when that first domino falls...lets hope it's soon.

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## Virus, wot virus 3

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Another day, another hysterical over-reaction, and another round of self-righteous grandstanding on some issue or other.  God, my brain hurts listening to them, and I religiously avoid the news, but there is no getting away from it!

Over these last 4 months, I have come to realise why men are into sport. Sport is fairly straightforward without a lot of complications, you win, lose or draw, and for some, you just either win or lose, like tennis, even less to worry about.  I've been getting into it more myself too,  just to get a break from all this hysteria and all the other crap that is going on. Black Lives Matter! White Lives Matter!  All Lives Matter! No Lives Matter! Some lives matter more than others - blah, blah blah!

At least the Grand Prix is back on this weekend, and I see Boris has just announced an easing of the national lockdown. I think this is in response to Simon Dolan's court case which it looks like the Government are going to lose. Yayyyyy!

Anyway, I came across this article on the off-guardian website which makes for interesting reading, (link below) I expect this nonsense to all end soon. 3 weeks to save the NHS is now entering 4 months of fascist tyranny. Sturgeon has seriously lost the plot but it's an interesting insight into what kind of leader she would be in a 'free and independent Scotland'. Scary stuff!

On another topic, the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell is very interesting news, now that is story I will be following! There will be some of the great and (not so) good sweating over this, well, except Prince Andrew because he doesn't sweat any more (ha,ha,ha,ha haaaaa). Won't this be fun!

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## The Coronavirus Act 2020 is Null and Void!

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I came across this article on Twitter in relation to the Court case that Simon Dolan is taking against the government. I would especially like to invite the person who accused me of being a liar and spreading misinformation to read it in regards to the virus (post -Virus, wot virus?) which I had said had not been isolated a few weeks ago, as this paragraph from the article states.

As ‘covid-19’ has never been isolated and proven to be a virus or disease, it cannot be tested for. Instead of ‘covid-19’ being tested for, what is actually being tested for is genetic material and a RNA sequence based upon lung fluid extracted from Chinese patients. This genetic material is found in everyone, and at higher levels in very ill people suffering from anillness.

Further, the test that is being used is called the RT-PCR test and the inventor said it should NEVER be used for diagnostics.

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## No Mask, No Vax, no Trax

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As the lockdown grinds tortuously on, I don't even know what we're allowed or not allowed to do any more, I stopped listening weeks ago and I don't particularly care either.  All I'm waiting on is the start of the Grand Prix and flights to England.

I won't be wearing a mask either on public transport or anywhere else (unless it's Halloween) and I don't give a damn who says it, it isn't the law and as far as I'm concerned it is a violation of the most fundamental human right, the right to breathe the air. By the way, a mask is of absolutely no use against a virus, it's the equivalent of using an open door to stop a fly. A mask will also reduce the flow of oxygen into the body and raise Co2 levels which place the body under stress and may cause you to pass out, this is especially dangerous if you are driving.

A virus cannot survive for very long unless it has a living host.  When you put on a mask, you are breathing out bacteria (which are living organisms) and viruses that are contained within your nose and mouth, providing a fertile breeding ground for any virus to replicate which you are then inhaling back into your lungs. Not a good idea and liable to make you ill. So, forget about the mask.

I was having a discussion with someone on Twitter as to how to make our dissent known to the powers that be and we needed something quick and easy to organise so I suggested sending a mask to 10 Downing Street in protest. So this is mine, sent yesterday along with a letter detailing why I'm not going to wear a mask, get vaccinated or volunteer to be tracked and traced.

I've read so much about vaccines in the last few weeks that I was sick to my stomach that I had ever allowed any of my children to be vaccinated. As Dr Judy Mikovits said, it is a plague of corruption and if you haven't watched her interview on London Real then I strongly recommend you do as soon as possible and then follow it up with the Robert Kennedy Jr (son of the late Senator Bobby Kennedy) interview, also on the site.

And I certainly will not allow anyone belonging to me to be vaccinated at the behest of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with his record, he should be in jail for crimes against humanity. His vaccines have caused polio in up to half a million girls in India, the deaths for hundreds of African children and he chemically castrated a million women in Kenya with a supposed Tetanus vaccine. The stories are horrific.

And I will not be tracked and traced, I am not a dog and what I do and where I go is no one's business but mine, I do not have the virus, I am not a danger to anyone and I am not doing anything illegal.

We were discussing this in the office the other day, and how this 'track and trace' is going to work. There are 7 in our office when we are working at full capacity, now imagine it's Monday morning, we've all been in the office for a few hours and someone gets a call - they have been in contact with someone with Covid and they have to self-isolate, so we will all have to go home and self-isolate for 2 weeks. So, 2 weeks later we come back and next day another one of us gets a 'self-isolate' call so again we all have to go home and self-isolate.  And then 3 weeks later it happens again. Realistically, you could be off work forever, it's complete nonsense and is never going to work, apart from the fact that the so called 'deadly' virus has practically gone anyway.

Where is the voice of reason? We are ruled by the incompetent and the arrogant and unfortunately, that didn't happen today or yesterday. A change is badly needed to the whole system. But, in the meantime, if anyone else feels like making their dissent known, I invite you to send a mask to Boris and let's end this insanity.

By the way, one man died in our town with the virus, not from the virus, with. He was 88 had major heart surgery about 20 years ago and many thought he was dead already, as he hadn't been seen in years. So, it is safe to assume he had several co-morbidities as well.

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## PCC

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This is a letter I have drafted to send out to my local papers with a view to starting a new political party, if anyone is interested just let me know. I'm putting it up here for others to read:-

'As leaders and politicians around the world have shown they lack the intellect, understanding and integrity to care for and protect the people, especially from predatory global elites who seek to monitor and control us, and deprive us of our freedom and autonomy, I am proposing the creation of a new political party. This party will not be based on any ideology of left or right, nationalist, republican, unionist, communist or fascist but will be a party based on providing the necessities for a life of quality for all the people.

This party will be called the PCC Party – that stands for People, Community, Country which will be the order of care and priority. Our manifesto will be based on the practical needs of the people and the practical realities of life. It is all very well to dream of a better way of living but we need to take practical steps to make it happen based on reality and not ideology.

These are some of the proposals I have drafted in order to begin the conversation around creating a new political structure and way of working.

I propose:

·         The abolition of the House of Lords to be replaced by a council of seniors who will be nominated by the people for their wisdom, understanding and knowledge.

·         Ministers will be appointed by merit. For example, the Minister for Education will be someone with many years’ experience in the field of education and who has the knowledge and skills to decide common policy and devise a curriculum to ensure our children are not just taught but educated.

·         Politicians will not be allowed to stand for a constituency if they are not a permanent resident of that constituency. For no one knows the needs of community better than those who live there.

·         An environmental policy that cares for the people and the environment, based on science and not on the false propaganda of corporations, dishonest politicians and vested interests.

·         A cap on wealth, as we have seen and experienced how the accumulation of vast stores of wealth has led to the corruption of the political, economic, and health and social fabric of our society.

·         The creation of an independent body to ensure transparency in the body politic and the media, to investigate and expose possible instances of corruption by vested interests in shaping government policy.

If you are interested in any of these and want to join the conversation then please contact me at :

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## The Foresight of Carl Sagan - a lesson to us all

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While Arlene Foster with the complicity of Sinn Fein, keep NI on lockdown even though our figures are minuscule, I noticed that, around my town, new cameras have been put up. These are not CCTV or traffic cameras, these are face recognition, track and trace cameras to keep an eye on us wherever we go. There are 2 on the main bridge in the centre of town and 4 on the new bridge. Big Brother has arrived and our political representatives remain silent. This is why we have been kept on lockdown, to give them time to get them in place - coming to a road near you any day now that's if they are not already up.

I watched an interview with Dr Judy Mikovits on the London Real website, she is a virologist. I thought that all this was just to do with oil and money, which I am sure is a part of it, but the threads run deeper and darker and, to be honest, I am frightened of where this is leading. If you care anything about your health, or your family and friends, then please, take the time to watch this, it is an hour and 40 minutes long and well worth a look. I will put the link down below.

I am also reading Carl Sagan's The Demon Haunted World at the moment, I'm only a couple of chapters in but I came across this passage and I felt I had to share it with you, it's very prescient especially when you consider that it was written in 1996 about America but just as easily applies to the UK:

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...

The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write, the number one video rental in America is the movie Dumb and Dumber. Beavis and Butthead remains popular (and influential) with young viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning  - not just of science, but of anything - are avoidable, even undesirable.

We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements - transportation, communication and all other industries; agriculture, medicine, education, entertainment, protecting the environment; and even the key democratic institution of voting - profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

I think it just did. Carl Sagan must be spinning in his grave.

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## Unelected and Self-righteous

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World leaders came together for a virtual summit on a vaccine for coronavirus yesterday and guess who else was at the summit, even though they are not leaders in any government organization and nor have they been democratically elected by anyone anywhere in the entire world to any government body?  Why none other than Bill and Melinda Gates! Well, what a surprise!  All rested up after Event 201 and ready to dictate to the world.

Why were they there, the health of humanity has nothing to do with them and is none of their business? They are private individuals with absolutely no right to be there, so why were they there? I mean, who died and put Bill Gates in charge of the health of the world???

I see the churches are still closed with no plans to reopen yet either, it's good to see all those religious institutions showing their true colours at this time. Their congregations are in 'crisis' and they have closed their doors and turned their backs on them, no words or acts of comfort for the suffering then.  It seems the 'men of God' have a distinct lack of faith in the God they, allegedly, believe in.

But then the Church is a bit like the Gates, unelected and self-appointed to dictate and pontificate to the rest of us.

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For anyone who is interested, Dr Andrew Kaufmann is going to be on London Real TV today at 6.00pm. Dr Kaufmann was the person I cited for his investigation into the virus' in 'Virus, Wot Virus 1' (I went back and numbered them so as not to confuse people) which detailed the very strong similarities between what they are calling 'covid' and an exosome.

By the way, here's an interesting fact I found out in my research, guess who owns the patent on coronavirus?

Here's a clue, he was part of Event 201 which, in case you don't know about, was a simulation of what would happen if there was a coronavirus pandemic which started in China. This was hosted in October of 2019 in New York in partnership with The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the World Economic Forum.

Yes, none other than the billionaire Bill Gates, the Eugenicist who believes that the population of the world can be reduced with vaccines, now there's something to think about. There is a Ted Talk on youtube on this, again if anyone is interested.

Here's another little coincidence, and this may be a coincidence, but the World Military Games were on in guess where in October 2019 too?  Yes, you guessed it, Wuhan, China!

Anyway, I have to go to work but if you check out the London Real website there is also an interview with Dr Rashid Buttar on the origins of the virus. Dr Buttar is another person who's work is disappearing off youtube.  As a matter of fact anyone who disagrees with the WHO on this is being taken down.

I find the censorship of dissent much scarier than any virus! Strange days and times...

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## It was only the Flu!

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A bit of good news for our Northern Ireland citizens, the law in the Irish Republic does not apply to you so you are free to go to any beach or holiday home in Donegal if you wish, and there is nothing they can do about it. The absolute joke of this is that people in Donegal are not allowed to go to their beaches but we are!

Other good news, you are now allowed back in the cemeteries too.  Interestingly, this move was opposed by Sinn Fascists - sorry, Sinn Fein and the Alliance Party - remember that at the next election because I certainly will.

It's interesting to see that it is the DUP who are trying to be a bit more liberal about all these issues and Arlene Foster has opposed the 2km limit for people exercising while Sinn Fein have been trying to take a harder line. No surprise there, it has been interesting to watch their arrogance increase in direct proportion to their political power.

As the self-righteous grandstanding goes on in politics and the media, we are now faced with the problem of everyone trying to find a way out of the over-reaction and save face at the same time. The total number of deaths from 'covid' in Northern Ireland and the UK are 250 and 20,000 respectively, that's a lot less than the predicted 14,000 and 500,000 that was used to terrorise the populace when the media went into panicdemic overdrive. And 20K is about average for the flu anyway, the yearly 'pandemic' that comes and goes every other year without the hype and hysteria, although they did try hard with 'bird' flu and 'swine' flu.

Sadly, it seems people prefer the hype and hysteria, maybe they get off on it or maybe their lives are so boring it gives them something to talk about, but the funny thing is, all my friends and family know I work at the local hospital but not one of them has asked about numbers of patients, or how staff are coping with the 'crisis', or even an estimate of how many people are being treated. Not one!   But just in case anyone is interested, when I asked last week, I was told they have 'wards full of empty beds'.

Treatments have been cancelled, the economy has been crashed, millions have been thrown out of work and the voice of dissent is being censored like never before online, all because of a 'flu' and a media induced hysterical over-reaction.

But well done to the owners of the Federal Reserve, they just made 2 trillion dollars which the American people will have to pay back once this nonsense is all over. Still, it's good to see the bankers doing so well while the ordinary folk are getting shafted..again!

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## Fools and those who follow them...

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In a recent comment, I was accused of making myself look like a fool; for the life of me I can’t figure out why this is anyone’s business other than mine. It is my blog and if I want to make a fool of myself then I am perfectly entitled to do so and I certainly don’t need the self-righteous indignation of others to determine my behaviour, foolish or otherwise. I've made a fool of myself many times but if anyone was really was concerned about me making a fool of myself, then they should have been here about 7 years ago, when I was on the receiving end of what can only be described as the nuclear bomb of foolishness.  (Of course, it was a man, isn’t it always?)

Anyway, for my foolishness, I paid a high price because not only did it cost me my honour’s degree but  the fall-out from it, is something I will have to manage for the rest of my life. (Some of which is a result of his actions first time around, when I was but a naive teenager-what a guy!) But you live and learn, so they say. I can only hope, but then ’we are all fools in love’….or so said Charlotte in Pride and Prejudice.

Anyway, as fools go, there is a long and noble tradition and the figure of the fool or jester is a staple found in cultures throughout history.  As I found out from my research, (Yes, imagine, I even managed to do my own research too!!) there is more to the ‘fool’ than meets the eye!

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Fools or jesters ‘ are viewed as having been dumb people who were adept at clownish activities such as juggling or gymnastics and who wore flamboyant outfits. Though some may have fallen into this category, many jesters were quite smart, using their wit as a tool to help diffuse tense situations at the royal court. The clothes stereotype has the most support, however, as many jesters did wear clothes that made them stand out from the crowd. Comical costumes and three-pointed hats are thought to have been the common outfit of the jester, but the three-pointed hat was probably an allusion to earlier times when jesters would instead wear donkey ears and a tail. (alluded to in the story of Pinocchio, my favourite Disney film)

The Functions of a Medieval Jester

Jesters in Medieval Europe were more involved with affairs of state than  in other time periods. Oftentimes, a monarch or high ranking official would search for a jester to keep at court. The court jester of medieval times was usually allowed to speak his mind freely, while everyone else had to wait for the monarch's permission to speak. Many times, the jester would use his chance at free speech to criticize the monarch openly, where no one else could. Thus, a function of the jester was to act as a critic, and many stories exist to support the fact that kings did pay heed to the criticism of the court jester. (Might be a good time to think about bringing them back…maybe into Parliament?)

The jester's ability to speak freely also came into play when tense matters were being discussed. Quite frequently the jester would diffuse heated discussions by inserting humorous statements, thereby avoiding any unnecessary confrontations.

Famous Jesters in Medieval Europe

The comedic nature of jesters contributed to their popularity among the common people. Many jesters were the subject of stories that were distributed among the public, and they became popular icons King Henry VIII employed a jester by the name of Will Sommers, who gained such fame that he was the subject of literature and drama almost two centuries after his death. King Charles I employed a jester named Jeffrey Hudson who gained the nickname, the "Royal Dwarf" because of his height. One of his infamous pranks,  was to hide inside of a giant pie and then leap out. The most famous jester in the history of Poland was a jester by the name of Stańczyk. After his death, Stańczyk became a national symbol in Poland's struggle for independence from Russia. He has been the subject of numerous paintings, works of literature, dramas, and even movies though he died in the 16th century.

The End of the Medieval Jester

The tradition of the medieval jester met its end in England as a direct result of the English Civil War (Yah boo sucks!). After Oliver Cromwell rose to power, he had no tolerance for the comedy of the jester, (miserable old sod!) and even after Cromwell was overthrown (hurray!) and Charles II claimed the throne in the Restoration period, the tradition of the court jester was never reestablished. (awwww!) The medieval tradition of the jester lasted longer in other countries than it did in England, (hurray!) but by the 18th century, it had died out in almost all European countries, only two or three excepted (awwwww!).

Since jesters were granted freedom of speech, they could speak out if they chose, against their ruler's ideas. It was the jester's nature to speak their mind, regardless of any consequences. Since they were rarely in any type of position to pose any kind of power threat, their outspokenness was not to be taken seriously since they had nothing to gain by their words.

Jesters were not only hired to amuse the master and guests but to criticize them as well.

Jesters held a freedom of speech privilege. They were one of the very few people in the court that could speak their mind freely and use humor to joke about the nobles, ladies and lords without causing offense. Most jesters were well educated and they came from diverse backgrounds. Although they were granted quite a bit of freedom, excessive behavior commonly resulted in a jester being whipped. (Ohh!)

There were two types of jesters, or fools. The first type was a natural foolthat was moronic and nit-witted and could not help what he said. The second type was the licensed foolthat the courts gave leeway too. Both were fully excused by the courts within reason. Another job of the jester was to deliver bad news that no one else would...’

So there you have it, a brief history of the jester or fool.  But as Mark Twain said, ’It is easier to fool a man than to convince him he has been fooled’. Then again, the person who said it was commenting on a post on my blog, so who is the bigger fool, the fool or the fool who follows them?

History Of The Jester     https://owlcation.com/humanities/History-of-the-Medieval-Jester

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