When we think of Governments blocking access to information on the internet, we tend to think of nations like China. Don’t be fooled.  Even in a supposed “liberal democracy” such as Australia, our telecommunication operators regularly block content.  

One of the most famous examples was when all the Australian operators blocked content about the Christchurch attack without any reference to law. In other words, they were blocking content of their own will.

Although of course, we abhor violence and killing, this shows that Australia does not have freedom of speech or freedom of information.

Australian Telecos Blocking Conservative Websites

In fact, Telstra is blocking web sites which primarily express a Right-Wing view of politics. This is clearly an outrageous breach of our hard-won freedom of speech.

Some of these perfectly legal web sites include:

voat.co
4chan.org
8ch.net
liveleak.com
archive.is
bitchute.com
zerohedge.com
kiwifarms.net

Whilst some of these sites do feature material which is disturbing, they also contain much that is of great public interest. Users are free to access them or not. Importantly, these sites contain a great deal of content which is politically important.

Free Speech Being Trampled

The principle of free speech is intended to protect us all from Government interference. Now, our free speech is being trampled by virtue signalling corporations.

An example is Bitchute (from the list above) which has hosted a number of videos made by Tommy Robinson. Tommy has been de-platformed by the major Silicon Valley tech firms such as Facebook and YouTube.

These smaller, freer outlets like Bitchute are therefore important to those concerned about increasing Government intrusion and control which will only increase as time goes on.

Another example is Zero Hedge. This is a website which is primarily concerned with economics. It generally supports Right Wing laissez-faire Capitalism. Why would corporations even want to censor such a site?

These types of sites allow the dissemination of ideas which are unpopular with our Government and elites. They are among the few outlets for the Political Right.

With companies such as Telstra now actively censoring these smaller websites, we have to wonder, what next?

Tommy Robinson Censored

This was brought to the attention of The Pickering Post when we posted a video of Tommy Robinson and many users complained that they were presented with a message “Website not available” when they tried to watch it.

This message was provided by Telstra or other Internet Service Providers who had decided that their customers were not allowed to watch this content.

How a VPN Can Protect Your Privacy

Fortunately, there is a way around this corporate censorship, which is cheap, easy and legal. It simply requires the use of what is known as a Virtual Private Network.

How does that work, you may ask? Well, if we think of our internet connection as a pipe going from your computer into the World Wide Web (The Net) then the first place that pipe goes to is your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This could be Telstra, Optus, Dodo, iinet or a host of other providers.

When you click on a website on your Web Browser favourites (such as Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer), it sends a signal down the pipe to your ISP. The ISP sees that you wish to view a page on The Pickering Post for example.

The ISP then retrieves that Web Page from our website and sends it back down the “pipe” to your computer which displays it for you to read (as you are doing right now).

Obviously, throughout this process, your ISP can see which websites you are accessing and whatever information you are uploading or downloading through that “pipe.”

The Pickering Post administrators can also see your IP address, which they could potentially use to find out where you are situated. Whist the Pickering Post would never do that, other websites may not be so benign.

How a VPN Actually Works

Using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) involves downloading a program to your computer. This program encrypts (scrambles) your internet signal. Consequently, it cannot be read by anyone else except the VPN.

Your encrypted signal goes to your ISP and is directed from there to the VPN.  The VPN then unscrambles your signal and sends it on to where it is supposed to go.

Information which your computer requests (such as this Webpage) is then sent back to the VPN server. The VPN then scrambles the signal once more and sends it back through your ISP to your computer.

Your computer then unscrambles the signal and displays the Webpage, just as it would do normally.

The Benefits of a VPN

There are multiple benefits to having a VPN. Firstly, your ISP cannot know which websites you are accessing, or what information (such as Web Pages or Bitchute videos) that you are downloading.

All they know is that you are sending an encrypted signal to a VPN. They have no way of accessing your information or of knowing which websites your signal is going to, or coming from, once it goes past the VPN.

Secondly, the websites you access do not know where you are situated. They only know that the signal is coming from the VPN. That means that you cannot be tracked by Google, Facebook or any other of the big intrusive Tech companies.

Thirdly, hackers would find it almost impossible to access your information and use that information to attack you or steal your bank details.

Obviously, for anyone who values privacy and wishes to access material on the Internet without nanny corporate censorship, a VPN is a “must have” accessory. So, what are the downsides? Surprisingly, the least of these is cost.

How Much Does a VPN Cost

VPN’s range in price from fairly reasonable -down to free. Obviously, as in all facets of life, you get what you pay for. The more you pay, the less you will be bothered by other downsides. Free VPN providers are paid for by advertisers. This would mean tolerating popup ads and such like to your internet experience.

If you decide on a paid subscription then signing up for a longer contract will reduce costs. These can come down to a very reasonable dollar per week or so for a decent VPN.

Does a VPN Restrict Speed

The process of scrambling and unscrambling your data does takes some time and increases the size of the signal. This has to add some time restriction.

The more expensive VPN’s will have better bandwidth to deal with this problem. However, the level of encryption will also affect speed.

If you select a higher level of encryption, it will slow you down more.

Assuming you are not doing anything highly illegal, a low level of encryption should be sufficient for basic privacy.

Bandwidth Problems with VPNs

The bandwidth (the amount of information you are sending) will increase with a VPN. This is due to the fact that you are sending encrypted information.

Again, a higher level of security will take up a larger bandwidth. On cheaper, or free, VPN’s this can cause a problem, limiting how much you can send or receive.

Paying a little more can secure greater bandwidth and reduce or remove this problem.

Using VPN’s on Mobile Devices

Using a VPN on a mobile device can chew up both bandwidth and battery life. If you wish to use a VPN on a phone, it is recommended to look for a VPN plan which is specifically designed for mobile devices. There are plenty of them out there.

Security

Ensure the VPN you choose does not keep logs of your activity and has at least 128 bit encryption. This will ensure your safety and privacy. The more servers they have also increases security for you. If they encompass anti-virus protection, then so much the better.

Conclusion

In this day and age, a VPN is strongly advised for security, privacy and the ability to access the internet without nanny, Left Wing, corporate censorship.

The following link has a list of the better VPNs, many of which can be tried out with a free trial of up to a month. That gives you a chance to see how well they work. I highly recommend it.

https://www.cnet.com/best-vpn-services-directory/

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Bwana

Polar blast, gale-force winds, lots of snow on the way for Australia

A huge winter storm is on its way, bringing with it miserable conditions including freezing temperatures, gale-force winds and heavy rain.

That system will be followed by a major front on Thursday and a Polar low on Friday.

This ‘global warming’ bizzo is starting to get serious.

Lady Pirate
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I have to say, Scomo does say the odd stupid thing. “We must stamp out hate speech against others” he says. I assume he means Islam. Well if he does mean Islam, then lets stop any more muslims coming into Australia. Because this is what is causing hate speech and general hatred towards this mob. Lets face it they cheat our system, want to kill us. want to change our way of life. Not a happy ajusted people.

Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

US gun massacres sponsored by Deep State and fake news

Witnesses in the El Paso shooting reported seeing 3 or 4 masked shooters wearing all-black and one reported killed by police

It has many similarities to alleged New Zealand shooting

Read on –

https://cairnsnews.org/2019/08/06/us-gun-massacres-sponsored-by-deep-state-and-fake-news/

Flysa
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Flysa

The white haters have finally got Donald Trump on side. The US was founded as a white nation as was Australia, and look at them now. The real culprits are the multi billion dollar video game industry, where blowing people away is the order of the day, and the white haters. While the Constitution contains the right to bear arms, the right was enshrined in the days when the country was peopled by responsible and patriotic whites, before the Marxists commenced their infiltration of the schools, universities and Churches in the 1930s. “WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday denounced white… Read more »

aretee
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aretee

There were 59 people shot in Chicago this weekend alone with 7 of those fatally yet nothing mentioned in the MSM but I suppose this is normal for that city so nothing to see here.

flying
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flying

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7324927/Watchdogs-lead-investigator-VIP-paedophiles-years-university.html

Watchdog’s lead investigator into ‘VIP paedophiles’ was only a few years out of university

Lead investigator only had a few years’ experience and is now just 30 years old
The revelation has raised serious further questions about the bungled probe
Independent Office for Police Conduct ruled that officers involved had ‘no case to answer’

Matt12
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Matt12

That old dear on Q&A last night, give it up dearie, get a pension, at 63 you are unemployable, you are fat and ill .

Flysa
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Flysa

Gladys Berejiklian is an Armenian, and the savagery her Government is about to unleash on the unborn of NSW matches the the genocide of the Armenians by the Turks.

Matt Damon
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Matt Damon

Interview with prophet Mohammed (pbuh)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LV8xrfubdd4

ejada
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ejada

Brendon, Something very strange is going on with this site. Every time I touch the “more” or “replies” indicators on a response the entire comment including the poster’s name disapears leaving a blank space. To bring the comment back up I have to go back and reload the article – but if I want to either read more of a post than the initial display, or comment in replies the post again disapears. This is weird to say the least. What is going on?

Nautilus
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O/T: Deception and stealth-12 Aug 2019 cut-off date for submissions! https://cecaust.com.au/media-releases/morrison-banning-cash-so-australians-cant-escape-bail-negative-interest-rates When Morrison released the exposure draft of his bail-in law in 2017, he did so on a Friday afternoon when there would be no media attention. Only a sharp-eyed CEC staffer spotted it and recognised it as bail-in, enabling the CEC to mobilise a massive nationwide campaign against it which continues to this day. The government is being equally sneaky with this law. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg quietly released the exposure draft of the legislation, called the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019, last Friday afternoon, 26… Read more »

Ballbreaker
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Ballbreaker

The Left Rushes To Politicize El Paso & Dayton Mass Shootings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZf3dVapWMI

Lady Pirate
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Lady Pirate

These shooting in the USA are a terrible thing and of course it is all Mr Presidents fault according to the Democrats. Funny that, Clinton and Obama did zilch when a shooting happened on their watch. The yanks will never give up their guns, impossible in my book. So yes Don, lets look at all the violence that is thrown at the young via Movies, Video Games etc. Do these shooters act out what they are exposed to? Also lets include the hate from the democrats towards anything Republican. No wall, means more Illegals. Illegals cause the population to get… Read more »

flying
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flying

Here we go again……….https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7324537/Canadian-police-block-abandoned-town-Sundance-search-Lucas-Fowler-Chynna-Deese-killers.html Is THIS where they’re hiding? Dramatic twist in search for teens accused of murdering Australian and American girlfriend as cops seal off abandoned factory town – and they wouldn’t be the first fugitives to go there Canadian Police are now searching abandoned town for teen murder suspects Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19, have been on the run for weeks The pair are suspected of killing Lucas Fowler and US girlfriend Chynna Deese Search for the teenagers has spanned thousands of km but been unsuccessful

amy222
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amy222

It seems the long-term aim of Aboriginal activists is to have legal and actual ownership of the entire Australian land mass. Then they can dictate to the whitefella what can and cannot be done with the land, and, of course, the prime consideration, how much old whitey can be charged for the privilege. Surely, in times long past, the Aborigines never ‘owned’, in any sense of the word, any land at all. Weren’t they a nomadic people who wandered from place to place and only ‘owned’ a particular spot for the time they were camped on it before moving on?… Read more »

Matt Damon
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Matt Damon

Good article Harry, there’s a war going on.

flying
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flying

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7324265/Backpacker-26-stabbed-neck-carving-knife-Geckos-Backpackers-hostel-Cairns.html
Could have guessed…… A Wellesley Islander, 36, allegedly entered the Geckos Backpackers hostel
He allegedly approached the woman in the kitchen and touched her
Police allege he repeatedly punched her before taking a knife and stabbing her
The woman was taken to Cairns Base Hospital in a serious condition

buraq2
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buraq2

Any Sean Hannity fans agree with this?

“I’d like to see the perimeter of every school in America surrounded, secured by retired police … have one armed guard on every floor of every school, all over every mall, the perimeter and inside every hall of every mall.”

So, sort of like North Korea. 🤣

Winston
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Winston

New Zealand –
Jacinda Ardern branded a “part time Prime Minister” by Opposition Leader Simon Bridges for visiting Tokelau – a remote group of atollls.
Mr Bridges remarks came during the middle of a three week sitting block in parliament,
“The Prime Minister’s not there, Winston Peter’s not there the Deputy Leader if the Labour Party’s not there -they are missing in action” he said.

JeffofFNQ
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JeffofFNQ

An elderly woman has shared her heartbreaking experience with Australia’s welfare system on live national television, leaving one of tonight’s Q&A panellists at a loss for words. The questioner, named Ricci Bartels, said she was forced onto Newstart at the age of 62 following retrenchment at her former workplace, and more than three years later remains unable to find a job. Neither Ms Bartels nor panellist Cassandra Goldie (ACOSS CEO) told us that until recently, Ms Bartels was a director of ACOSS, that she features in ACOSS press release material for its campaign to raise NewStart – and perhaps most… Read more »

TheUnbeliever
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TheUnbeliever

🦄🇺🇸🦄 The enemedia is busy burrying the fact the Ohio kid was an AltLeft ANTIFA fascist. But they’re beating the drum, loudly and incessantly, about the other kid in El Paso being a ‘white supremacist’ — this despite there already being evidence his Facebook and other social media pages, along with this purported ‘Manifesto’, were all doctored and fabricated by the Deep State.

https://www.infowars.com/watch/?video=5d4771beea2f680012c1d41f

Regrettably, in his recent White House speech, lacking due dilligence, The Donald bought into the questionable ‘white supremacy’ narrative.

Winston
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Winston

US shooters radical left democrats

Verity
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Verity

The protests in Brisbane go much further than Adani and the environment. Here’s what Extinction Rebellion is all about. Extinction Rebellion A 2019 investigation into the group has revealed the leaders of Extinction Rebellion seek a more subversive agenda, one that is rooted in the political extremism of anarchism, eco-socialism and radical anti-capitalist environmentalism. The ‘civil resistance model’ they espouse is intended to achieve mass protest accompanied by law-breaking leading eventually to the breakdown of democracy and the State. Extinction Rebellion is an extremist organisation whose methods need to be confronted and challenged rather than supported and condoned. If we… Read more »

Ballbreaker
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Ballbreaker

Police arrest several Adani protestors in Brisbane

https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6068369998001

flying
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flying

courier mail….‘No wimps’: Legend’s blunt words for parents

Coaching…. Former Olympic swim coach Laurie Lawrence says parents need to stop ‘squealing’ and children need to toughen up and not be ‘wimps’ if they want to swim at elite level.

Ducktracy
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Ducktracy

US federal court exposes Democratic Party conspiracy against Assange and WikiLeaks If WikiLeaks could be held liable for publishing documents concerning the DNC’s political financial and voter-engagement strategies simply because the DNC labels them ‘secret’ and trade secrets, then so could any newspaper or other media outlet. But that would impermissibly elevate a purely private privacy interest to override the First Amendment interest in the publication of matters of the highest public concern. The DNC’s published internal communications allowed the American electorate to look behind the curtain of one of the two major political parties in the United States during… Read more »

bagman
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bagman

Payne urges HK restraint
Marise Payne has called for restraint in Hong Kong in the face of increasing violence.

StraightShooter
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StraightShooter

Hi folks. After a couple years absence I have rejoined PP.

Reason is to let everyone know that the easiest and cheapest (free and ad-free) VPN is Opera Browser. VPN and ad blocking come as standard and can be switched on or off with just a click.

I am using Opera from Brisbane right now and my VPN is in USA.

Ballbreaker
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Ballbreaker

Worth a repost.

Barnaby Joyce

I have a real problem with a law that allows a perfectly healthy full-term baby to be aborted because two doctors say it’s ok, yet NSW’s legislation allows exactly this. Sign the petition at http://www.supportlife.com.au to demand a proper inquiry.

Fishman
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Fishman

After trying bitchute a couple of times without success, it is obvious now to me also, Optus thinks I am a child in need of protection.
Time to stand up as an adult.
VPN time and add the extras Gentle Jack recommended.

ThePhantom Returns
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ThePhantom Returns

UN admits ‘historic’ Paris climate pact did not save Earth after-all! Now says: Cutting CO2 ‘not enough’ – ‘We must change food production to save the world’ Attempts to solve the climate crisis by cutting carbon emissions from only cars, factories and power plants are doomed to failure, scientists will warn this week. A leaked draft of a report on climate change and land use, which is now being debated in Geneva by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), states that it will be impossible to keep global temperatures at safe levels unless there is also a transformation in… Read more »

Verity
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Verity

To those PPers who are far more knowledgable than I regarding IT, how easy is it for a private person to hack into a MacBook Air?

ThePhantom Returns
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ThePhantom Returns

In Germany, what was reported as an all time record temperature high during last week’s heat wave, turned out to come from a weather station so badly sited that one expert estimated that the Urban Heat Island effect could be exaggerating its temperature recordings by as much as 3 degrees centigrade. In Cambridge in the UK, similarly record-breaking highs trumpeted by the BBC, turned out to come from a similarly encroached urban site “too compromised to do anything more than supply approximate figures, rather than scientifically valid ones to tenths of a degree.” For more on the week when the… Read more »

sideways G
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sideways G

Over the season, to date, I have watched a lot more “thugby” games than in previous years and have reached a couple of conclusions … (1) 95% of those, currently, playing are very average and should be, eternally, grateful for their six figure salaries as opposed to the “dole” which would be more in line with their ”entertainment” value. (2) of the remaining 5% who do demonstrate some “fitba” knowledge & ability less than 1% are capable of individual brilliance that can turn a game on its head &, sadly, these few all seem to be shared between a half… Read more »

TonyH
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TonyH

Great article Adrian and very informative for the many PIckering Posters here. It is important to protect ones identity and privacy especially these days. We have the thought Police out operating in the UK now and while we enjoy our ability to comment freely here and post some things that we would not otherwise do sometimes. Be aware that Big Brother is watching. They have turned their attention onto those who they brand as RightWingers! Just in yesterday’s paper this comment appeared on page 9 of the daily telegraph! “ All eyes on white fight” : “ Australia’s own white… Read more »

pablo1
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pablo1

The ABC are into this up to their necks and pushing/funding this Traitorous ACT against our own troops….. The Australian Government sent out troops over to fight against Islam Supporters who were trying to form their own Caliphate/State under the heading of ISIS…..Whilst at the same time Importing Islam into Australia by the Plane load……..NOW the Traitorous Australian Government have sent investigators over to Afghanistan to interview the Enemy and it’s Countrymen, in an effort to Prosecute Australian troops for War Crimes………The only Crime I see committed here is TREASON, by the Australian Government….. Investigators travel to Afghanistan to interview… Read more »

Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

US gun massacres sponsored by Deep State and fake news
by Editor, cairnsnews

Witnesses in the El Paso shooting reported seeing 3 or 4 masked shooters wearing all-black and one reported killed by police

It has many similarities to alleged New Zealand shooting

Read on –

https://cairnsnews.org/2019/08/06/us-gun-massacres-sponsored-by-deep-state-and-fake-news/

ThePhantom Returns
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ThePhantom Returns
ThePhantom Returns
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ThePhantom Returns

Environmental alarmism behind El Paso shootings

The El Paso shooter is a product of years, if not decades, of environmentalist hysteria. When a person carefully reads his manifesto, it is clear he’s nothing more than a version of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, the man who tried singlehandedly to stop technological advances by mailing explosive devices that killed three men and seriously injured several others.

The words from the El Paso shooter himself put the blame squarely on all that is allegedly doing harm to the environment because of the American way of life:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/08/environmental_alarmism_behind_el_paso_shootings.html

bagman
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bagman

Marise Payne looked like a brick shithouse standing beside secretary of state Mike Pompeo

Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

Scomo does not act like a Christian, he appears more like a tool of the Babylonian Bankers who own this country.

pablo1
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pablo1

Adrian….Thank you for those sites…..A computer wiz I know convinced me to fork out for a VPN, on top of my normal Virus Protection…..It is nice to have Peace of mind, and Access to the Real World…Any further tips and hints would always be welcome by myself, and I would guess, most here….Thank you again for your time and efforts…Cheers.

flying
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flying

Those dills helping China take over our resources in Qld by demonstrating in Brisbane should start to join the dots. Wonder who’s paying for their travel etc? China had an exploration permit right next door to Adani’s lease and if Adani had lost out through the Greens/Labor Gov. guess who would have swallowed up that lease and not a bad would have been uttered by the Bob Brown’s of this place? Then last week we saw the vicious attack on peaceful UQ/ HK demonstrators by Chinese students/others and then this is in the media……….. UQ appoints Chinese diplomat as visiting… Read more »

buraq2
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buraq2

MAGA bomber gets 20 years…comment image

King of Hearts
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King of Hearts

Somehow this says it all …
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Gentle Jack
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Gentle Jack

Good advice Adrian … I’d just add a couple more points

1. Test your VPN to see if it leaks your IP (cheap ones may)

How to test? … go to DNS Leak Test .. and check how secure your VPN actually is (free test)

2. Get yourself Tor Browser …. and use it over the VPN for even better security

How? … first turn on the VPN then open the Tor Browser

(if you want super secure the check AirVPN)

Knuckles
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Knuckles

Protecting your borders and stopping the bleeding of billions of dollars to the EU for the right to belong are uppermost in most UK voters minds and the free trade arrangement is crap as this is easily negotiable if you have something to trade but there are some restrictive outcomes for the financial industry by being “independent” and this is where the “money men” have sway, however none that our insurmountable.

Disraeli
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Disraeli

Delingpole: Now More Than Ever Britain Needs The Brexit Party to Keep Boris Honest

The Brexit Party’s candidates list for the imminent General Election shows it means business. Phew!
Without Nigel Farage and co to hold his feet to the fire, it’s a racing certainty that Boris Johnson will let us down badly in a number of key areas.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/08/05/only-the-brexit-party-can-keep-boris-honest/

Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

Trump said that he had instructed the DoJ to propose legislation to ensure those who commit hate crimes could face the death penalty, while also proposing ‘red flag’ laws to ensure that those deemed a risk to public safety don’t have access to firearms.

https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/trump-calls-for-red-flag-laws-to-stop-dangerous-individuals-from-buying-guns/

ThePhantom Returns
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ThePhantom Returns

The EV market is set to soar following this clever invention that solves the problem of lack of recharge station infrastructure. The air in our cities will now be clear and pure in no time at all.

https://ibb.co/GTty0vB