9 Ways to try and stay motivated in a pandemic

I’m running out of ideas on what to do in a global pandemic when I’m not fearing for my life. I’m an old bloke so god knows what the youngsters are doing. Here’s some thoughts.

1. Keep off the news. This works for a bit, however the news is relentless. It bombards you. It finds you. If you have a phone, you have the news. The media companies and corporate media won’t leave you alone. Even if you do avoid the news teh way in which streets, shops, transport and every way of life has changed to inform you of this virus has made it relentless.

2. Throw yourself into work. This is great for distracting and a good work project can really help motivate to get stuff done outside the doom scrolling. The problem with work is that 99% of people are of the sheep mentality and so it won’t be long before you encounter a call praising masks, the vaccine or some other conversation you happen to disagree with.

3. Gaming. This is pure escapism and it works. The problem is that it’s really only shifting your reality for short period of time. Also it’s even more screen time. I have really picked up my gaming, but frankly I now spend 4. Become a sheep. This might be one of the better options for a peaceful existence. Despite this leading to heightened fear of the virus and a complete acquiesce to the government, at least it may lead to better sleep at night. At least for the short term as you believe that over time the old normal will return. This isn’t really a strategy that works.

4. Fight and resist and be vocal. This can really help to motivate and it’s powerful but also draining. Being in a filter bubble of like-minded people can also be a negative experience. When you see people agreeing that the world has gone to shit it doesn’t always inspire.

5. Booze. This can help and booze is good for escapism. Hangovers aren’t and can be seriously depressive. Use this tool wisely as there is no doubt about the health implications. It can also help with creative ideas and allow for good introspection for some people.

6. Exercise. This is a great way to let off steam. Sadly if your exercise of choice is in a gym or team sports you are out of luck. That is currently banned. Equally banned is exercising too far from your locality. I still find exercise is a motivational booster. Even getting out for a brisk walk can help.

7. Nature. Spending time outdoors in nature can really lift your spirits. This planet will keep turning whatever constraints man puts on fellow men. The birds, the trees, the rivers and sunsets know nothing of this virus and they continue be as they have always been.

8. Learn something new. A skill or a project that motivates. This isn’t something I’ve managed to find the energy to do. I’m sure there are people that have put this time in lockdown to use. That said I’m not furloughed and working, so to pick some major project would be tricky. Smaller creative projects might be something to work on.

9. Write, Journal, Vlog. Document your time and thoughts. We are experiencing some of the most radical changes to civilisation we have known in our lifetimes. This time will pass, either for better or worse. It can be motivational to look back at how things have developed and journey through this time. Until mass censorship comes, you still have a voice and an opinion. Franky though, there is no real way to stay motivated. They will grind you down.

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Surrounded by NPCs

I have been playing quite a few video games recently. Some real classics retro games. I never really moved on from the PS2 era. My heart lies with the 16-32bit systems of days gone by. Lockdown has really rekindled my interest in gaming, especially this lockdown as it’s cold and dark with not much else to do. 

This leads me onto how I see the world around me. I’ve had this strange unsettling feeling that since 2020 I’ve been living life in some sort of movie script. Having been gaming for a month, I now realise this feels more like being the main protagonist in a video game, and here’s why.

The majority of people I interact in the real world feel to me like NPCs

For those of you that aren’t familiar with that acronym, it’s Non Playing Characters. These are people (not always human) that make up the wider game environment and aren’t controlled by the player. NPC behavior in computer games is usually scripted and automatic, triggered by certain actions or dialogue with the player characters. There is no real intelligence there, even more so in the early days of video games, where NPCs will just repeat the same lines everytime you interact with them. 

It’s dawned on me this is why I feel I’m living in a video game. Ninety percent of the population are acting like NPCs. They are drones, programmed to react to various triggers. They show no form of intelligence or critical thinking and they have become easy to spot in today’s society. Much like a computer game it’s easy to spot the type of characters that just make up the scenery. That is society today – just part of the scenery. 

These NPCs are programmed to consume the media narrative and regurgitate it to anyone that listens. Thier existence is to exist rather than have an active role in the shaping of the future. These NPCs are content to wear their masks, take their furlough or company salary, gorge themselves on banal social media, sports and reality shows. These people are dependants on the programmers to tell them how to behave, and interact with others. 

There is no other way to explain how the general population shrug off Hancock laughing as crying. The NPCs are programmed by the media. They get their instructions on a daily basis from the BBC and head out into the world as drones to interact with people like me. They stick out a mile when they cross the road with their flimsy mask gripping their face as instructed. They can’t compute when told “died of any cause within 28 days” is enough grounds to ask some serious questions. When they see another NPC they are quick to point fingers and call you a conspiracy theorist, despite really know what that means or why they saying that. 

I predict over time we will see more and more NPCs until the general populace are all worker drones programmed to follow the state media. I for one will for as long as possible hold out. I still have the autonomy and control. I’m in the game but I’m not an NPC. If there is anything I’ve learned about gaming, the majority of NPCs are not worth interacting with, they are just making up the scenery….

In The Name of Safety..

Hello everybody, this is a quick safety guidelines update from your government:

  1. Starting tomorrow the social distancing measures will now be increased from 2m to 5m. Like the initial 2m rule we have no scientific evidence to justify it, but experts believe it could offer more protection from the virus. We understand this will make 90% of business and travel unsustainable, but trust us its for your SAFETY.
  2. We will need to begin installing cameras in your home to monitor the spread of the disease. This includes placement of CCTV in your fridge, your bedroom and the bottom of your toilet. This is for your SAFETY.
  3. Starting next week we are reducing the number of times you can see family members. Under new guidelines you will be limited to seeing siblings and parents twice a year and grandparents once a year (subject to wearing face masks). Experts believe the transmission of the disease between families is a greater risk to your SAFETY.
  4. Due to the success of the ‘snitch on thy neighbour’ initiative, we will now be rewarding people for reporting their friends and family who post disinformation on all social media platforms. This will also include inappropriate views being expressed in private chats. As you know, friends and family expressing these views can be hazardous to your SAFETY.
  5. Children going to school from next week will be required to wear miniature hazmat suits. They must not engage with other children under any circumstance. There will be 4 children allowed in a classroom at each time. In addition support the smaller numbers and due to limited rooms, we will be shortening the school day for each child to 2 hours. This will greatly limit the spread of their disease for yours their SAFETY.

As a side note we are doubling down on the Thursday Seal clapping ritual, which will now also take place on Tuesdays. Like the current ceremony, this will be the one time in which you are welcomed to forget all social distancing protocols and gather in large groups whilst you display incredible virtue signalling for the media photo ops.

We will also be adding politicians to our censorship campaign. This now means that they, alongside scientists, virologists, epidemiologists and front line doctors who question our narrative will be instantly removed from social media platforms.

We would also like to thank you for your continued support in guilt tripping and naming anyone who questions our SAFETY measures as ‘COVIDIOTs’. As you know these people are crazy conspiracy theorists who don’t care about our NHS. They are a danger to your SAFETY.

Until next time, please remember to Stay Alert > Question Nothing > Accept Everything

Distance and Isolation.

I sit here in my cell, reminiscing what it used to be like to build a new friendship.

I miss the glory days of human touch, sound and conversation. The times when a sneeze was simply greeted with a ‘Bless you’. The times when I used to look forward to getting home not looking to escape it.

The New Normal is a lonely, isolated place. Keyboards have replaced speech. Video has replaced touch. Emojis have replaced human emotion.

Bit by bit, the system is stripping us of our Soul, a human trait which yearns for acceptance, for involvement and for acknowledgement.

In the New Normal, we are taught that other humans may harm us. They may kill our loved ones. The aforementioned sneeze can now be considered a tool for murder. A simple touch, could end up removing what little you have left in the bank. To interact with another human, is to commit suicide in this society.

5 years in, and we still wait for the needle of hope. The one they promised us would be ready in just a year. Oh please let it be ready soon. I am ready to take the mark, I am ready to burn, just so I can Build a new friendship.



Wake up and smell the coffee

Wake up and smell the coffee.

As I sit here at 07.54 drinking my morning coffee it is apparent that this is the new normal. There is no going back.

– Furlough until October
– Country bankrupted
– Empty office buildings
– No return to travel

Resistance is futile. People really don’t give a shit that this is happening. Rather the fear has made them embrace it.

I’ve given up worrying about it now. I’ve come to realise most people in this country wont bother reading documents, or doing any research into “the science” – meme’s are about as far as they’ll get. Plus then for having an a view on things you get labelled a nutter.

Sadly it’s also become politically incorrect (and likely career suicide) to publicly challenge the governments’ narrative that follows “The Science”. That with mass censorship and being labelled “misinformation”.

We are witnessing the largest power grab and reboot of capitalism unfolding before our very eyes. It’s incredible to watch the experiment progress (except most of us are viewing it as the lab rats).

I plan over the next few months to return to a simpler way of life. I wrote about digital minimalism recently and avoiding the news. I now need to find a way to stop either:

1. Become more vocal and preach to try and convert people.
2. Forget about it and just get on with my life.

I’m not very good at doing the preachy thing, so I think I’ll just go with the flow. Keep writing in my journal and try to simplify my life. Minimise the clutter and focus on what’s important.

So maybe, let’s all just wake up and smell the coffee.

Love is all you need

Just a random write today. It’s been a while since I’ve composed anything. Today is a new day and I’m just going to write. I don’t know what I ‘m going to write about, but here are some words:

> Gratitude

Don’t be afraid, everything is going to be alright. The world is turning to shit. I am one of the people who thinks the government is out to screw us all. But so what I guess. Does it really matter in time? Will I really care? I maybe need to start a gratitude diary. You know what I will. Right now:

– I’m grateful for the freedoms I have today despite them being eroded.
– I’m grateful I’m not alone and have people who care for me and me for them.
– I’m grateful for the past freedoms I had – no-one can take those memories from me.

The Real London bloke is a boss. His philosophy is all about love. How can you be against that. How can anyone be against that? Over the next few weeks I’m going to philosophise more about that. What does he mean by this. How can I bring this more into my life. I know it sounds odd, almost cult like, maybe even ‘gay’, but maybe love is the answer to fighting the evil that we see in the world today. Everyone is so divided. Love should unite us for the good of mankind.

> The News

I’m fully consumed by the news at the moment. It is starting to do my head in. I have no way of switching off. But I love it. I have predicted this kind of authoritarian regime for some time. I didn’t realise it was going to happen so fast. This is just the beginning. I need to learn to let go and just role with it. It’s like a fascinating experiment except the experiment is on me. Just roll with it and let it all unfold. I have pretty much everything I need in life. As long as they don’t start to take my property and land plus the things I’ve worked hard for I will be cool with it. I fee sad for the younger people. Those just embarking on their life. They had so much to look forward to, now it’s being swiped from them. The new normal is not a place I would like to be emerging from Uni too. Humanity has to go on though. It will just be a very different place to what we have seen in the past. So be-it. Enjoy the ride.

> Motivation

I have lost my mojo. I really have. I am slowly getting ground down with the current situation. I loved my old job. That job is now dead for the foreseeable future. There is zero travel allowed. I used to love going into London just to feel the buzz. I loved meeting up with colleagues and partners. I used to love heading off to trade shows and networking events. Lunches, dinners, parties. Work hard Play Hard – that was my motto, and it worked. I had a lot of success and it kept me going. Right now I’m struggling. I’m seeing EVERYTHING move to digital. My job in marketing in the future will all be digital. That bores me. Worse than that AI will probably take over any role a human has for digital marketing. Frankly with deep fakes webinars could be run by computers to provide the optimal viewing experience. We are heading to strange times.

That was a random chat for today.

On to tomorrow.


How a ten year old laptop liberated me

I bought a 2010 11 inch MacBook Air. It’s old and it’s slow, but I love it. Here’s why:

> It’s tiny

The 11 inch MacBook is perfect for my needs. It’s totally portable. Not much bigger than a large tablet. I can take it pretty much anywhere. I can travel. I’m a nomad and this form factor is perfect for me. I thought I’d struggle with the smaller screen compared to my 13inch work MacBook. Not so. I love the tiny screen, which forces me to run apps in full screen and focus on the task at hand.

> It’s functional

The keyboard is great to type on. The trackpad works beautifully. The battery is replaced and hold it’s charge. The aluminium is tough and rugged. Even the massive bezel and thickness of the device make it feel less fragile. It has old school USB ports and a headphone jack, both of which I’m fans of.

> It’s slow

This thing is slow compared to modern machines. It struggles to multitask and some web pages are slow to load. It’s not very good at multi-tasking, both because the screen is small, but also because it’s slow. I like that. I’m not distracted. I focus on writing, reading or watching. I slow down, I what I’m doing more, how I’m valuing my time.

> It’s private

Until I bought this machine I was using my work machine for home use. Crazy thing to do. “I have nothing to hide” right? I’ve been using my work machines for personal use for 15 years and never had a single problem. No I see the error of those ways, especially during these times when everyone is working from home and there will be more scrutiny of what employees are doing. That is mainly why I bought this machine, but the privacy has given me so much more freedom to express myself into notes, research websites, and securely message. All of my notes are stored either in Standard notes or an encrypted disk image – lovely. Signal is installed for secure messaging and all of my browsing history is private from my employer. This is liberation.

> It’s minimal

There is something nice about everything being stripped back to the basics. I loved the 1990s-2000s. Life was in many ways more minimal. I also love (loved) my holidays where I would travel light with the bare essentials. A camera, a phone, a small laptop. I would journal and live a simple life on the move. None of the extra paraphernalia that modern life required. Right now I’m just typing this whole journal entry up on this 10 year old machine in a simple notepad. No fancy app, no cloud storage, just a plain text file stored on a hard drive. I love that simplicity and minimality that you can’t get from complex machines.

To summarise, in an increasing era of mass surveillance, complex machines and the crazy pace of change, I’m loving taking a step back and looking for a simpler life and more private life. My technology is becoming increasingly slower paced and offline and private.


I am a futurist

I am a futurist.

Here’s the definition of from wikipedia:

> Futurists are people whose specialty or interest is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present, whether that of human society in particular or of life on Earth in general.

I had the moment of enlightenment that I’m a futurist over the past few weeks. I noticed a few of my friends and family have been calling me a conspiracy theorist. Yep, you heard that right, they think I have views of the future that don’t fit the mainstream, or sound so ridiculous they are conspiracies. I’ve been debating why this is. I don’t think I’m a nutcase. Most of my views are merely my understanding of the facts presented to me today and extrapolating them out into various long term scenarios over say 5-10 years. Doing some impact analysis of some of the motivations for decisions that are being made and what that will mean for humanity into the future (kinda deep stuff huh). That’s when I looked up the term futurist and I thought bingo! that’s me.

I’m fascinated with technology. Here’s a few topics that really interest me to the point where I read books (yes those things) and regularly capture my thoughts in to private journals.

* Biotech
* Nanotechnology
* 3D printing
* Cryptocurrency and blockchain
* AI and automation
* Quantum computing
* Worldwide gigabit connectivity
* Robotics
* Big data
* Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
* Sensors and IoT

Equally, it’s now being understood that it is the convergence of these technologies that will give us a new “Law of Accelerating Returns” Forget Moore’s Law, which has stood for over 50 years, that will look like snail’s pace soon. As someone who has a pretty deep level of understanding of those technologies (alright I’m a bit fuzzy on blockchain) and I understand the power of convergence I can start to map some very interesting (and very possible) scenarios in the next 5 to 10 years. That makes me a futurist.

In terms of mapping out those scenarios I try apply critical thinking on how future technology will affect:

* Privacy
* Freedom of speech
* Health
* The economy
* Geopolitics
* Society
* The human condition

Some of these future scenarios I and other futurists consider are highly likely (and are playing out right now), some scenarios are probable, but some possible. But sadly it seems today to think critically and have an alternative view gets one labelled as a conspiracy theorist. I don’t get it. All through my life, as Bachelor of Science, in my working career, or looking at major life decisions – I’ve been taught gather information, build knowledge, to hypothesise and debate, then draw a conclusion. It seems to me critical thinking is too much effort for people now. It’s easier to follow the narrative, get told what to do, call someone a name or dig out a meme. That’s just lazy.

Here’s a few other references from Wikipedia with things futurists have in common including:

> Multiple perspectives are at heart of futures studies, including unconventional thinking, internal critique, and cross-cultural comparison.

> Futurists are motivated by change. They are not content merely to describe or forecast. They desire an active role in world transformation.

> They are hopeful for a better future

So before you label someone a conspiracy theorist, or tell them to “put on their tinfoil hat”, consider for a second that they might be a futurist. Some of humanities greatest achievements have been due to people thinking differently. However, I recognise that this whole article might come across as a little pretentious, and I’m not proclaiming to be the next Da Vinci, Newton or Galilei, far from it. Equally, these great thinkers weren’t always right, but that’s ok too. As someone who believes free speech is fundamental to what makes us human, it is frustrating to to see more aggressive Government and Silicon Valley led censorship and propaganda that is promoting a single narrative. Did we learn nothing from the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

So there you have it, if you want to label me, you can label me a futurist.

-Winston Smith

Second Life and Carbon Credits – a modern day dystopia

Questions are powerful. We are being told not not question anything (more on that for another day). Here are some questions I had recently as the futurist that I am:

  • Is there a economic shift from old inneficiant consumption to digital?
  • Is second life the new normal?
  • Is this driven by a climate change agenda rom the elites?
  • Will we be allocated a set carbon footprint at birth?

Yesterday I wrote about the activists extinction rebillion and how I thought they were controlled opposition.

Last night it was reveleaed that the UK’s chief scientific advisor has resigned as he was breaking lockdown to have sex with a climate actavist. There is something very odd about that coincidence. His last apprearance was on Lockdown TV (By Unherd) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q09Ov-g1yYM An organisation I need to do a bit more digging on. But back to the point – I have some thoughts floating around my head about how the bigger agenda is around climate.

Even today on the BBC news there is a warning about to avoid climate change crisis.

Jobless people should be re-trained for work in geographically-spread labour-intensive “green” industries such as home insulation; tree-planting; and peatland restoration.

Welcome to Second Life – the new normal

If you aren’t familiar with second life, it’s been around for a while. It’s a virtual 3D world where humans are avatars and can chat, socialiose and do business in a virtual world. It’s got about 1 million users who plug into this matrtix.

Think about Zoom for a second and the revolution we are seeing in the workplace. Yeah it’s a business tool and video conferencing has been used for years. But think about it in this context: We are now working in a virtual world. Email and whatsapp to communicate, video conferencing and digital transactions. CFOs everywhere are killing off face-2-face business to save costs. We now operate business in a second life scenario. I’ve even seen work colleagues changing their zoom avatars to be cartoon characters with virtual backgrounds. This virus has pushed us all into a second life of work. The same is true for every pub quiz, family get together, social gathering, even how our politics is being run. It is a low tech virtual reality, but make no mistake we are living in virtual reality right now.

The climate agenda and a shift of power

The human carbon footprint is massive and it’s growing. Many of the industries that make the most money out of us have the biggest carbon footprint. travel, eating meat, construction, all the other shit we buy from Walmart. Yet the tech companies are moving and investing in 100pc renewable energy souces. Also the old businesses are very inefficient. The supply chain is massive and everyone takes their cut. There is no closed loop in these industries only waste. This is where a virtual digital second life comes.

Why is there such a push for the climate agenda. The new normal? Look, I have no problem with avoiding waste, protecting the envirnonment and saving our oceans. I think this is very admirable. I do wonder though if the global elites are using this environment to re-boot capitilism to allow the top 1% to have the best the world have to offer whilst the plebs of the world get restricted to the smallest carbon footprint possible. This is why I think they are decimating the airline and tourist industry. Think about it. The eltite own private jets and houses in every country they want. They have no need for commercial air travel. It is just a burden on the planet. It’s also big business, but we know the future of big business is tech. All the cash spent on experienes, $$s spent on leisure time need to be spent elsewhere. People will consumer more digital media, more adverts, more virtual experiences. VR is will get to the point where the sensory experience will be as good as the real thing. There will be new economies spring up within virtual reality. It’s already happing in Second Life. Human avatars in that world are buying virtual clothes created by other second life avatars – all taxed by the game creators. Eventually, we will be plugged into the matrix.

Winston smith Jnr : Carbon balance 56.2g / Social Score 3.3  (3KG Loan outstanding)

Hi I’m Winston Smith Jnr, nice to e-meet you. A bit about me: I’m 28 years old and was born in 2024 and like everyone born in that year I was given my allocated lifetime carbon credit of 3.25 tonnes. I wish I had been born in 2023 as I would have had 3.85 tonnes of carbon, but I’m just going to have to do my best I can. I have a pretty frugal life and only went on one virtual holiday last year. I’ve heard the data centres are getting more efficient so I might have enough carbon for a short virtual weekend away later this year.

I’ve recently changed jobs, I’ve moved from planting trees to working in the Peat Bogs, this has been great as it’s giving me an extra 25g of carbon an hour. It’s still not enough to include any little luxuries in my diet. I’ve been eating nothing but 3D printed protein for months now. I’ve skipped a few meals as since the great carbon crisis of 2042 it’s never dropped below 22g of carbon just for a staple meal. I’ve also been saving my carbon for a new digital outfit. I really think you need to look the part to get a job in the Ministry of Tech. The trouble is it costs 100g just to get the interview, I’ve also heard that you need a SS (social sore) of at least S5.6 I’m way down at S3.3 mainly because I went on that rant about how unfair it was that the kids of the Ministry of Tech are born with 20.5 Tonnes of carbon.

I think this was unfair as those words were written before they removed encryption, and I had no idea they would be able to go back over my old thoughts. Not only did they dock my credit score, they fined me 3kg of carbon. I had to take a loan out for that. Also, I find it strange that just before encryption was banned there were pictures (and I heard it from the elders) that there were flying machines that consumed hundreds of tonnes of carbon and took people around the world. I think this was a hoax, who could afford a lifetime’s carbon just to go somewhere? In Second Life can travel anywhere imaginable starting from 55 grams of carbon. The elders describe it as a free and different time, but I just see how it would be allowed. Anyway, since encryption was banned I haven’t seen any of those pictures of that time the call pre-corona. What was that time anyway, some talk of a human virus whatever that may mean? We all know viruses are impossible in humans since the vaccine and our daily pills. Anyway, enough of this talk, I don’t think this channel is secure now encryption is banned.

Besides I need to get back to earn some more carbon credits. I swapped my chip out last year and it’s much more efficient at tracking my body’s effort at carbon credit mining in the Peat Bogs. This almost feels like a pay rise, but some how the government are taxing me even more.

Must go, my 3D printed protein meal is ready and as you know if I let it get cold I’m fined 2g.

-Winston Smith Jnr

Controlled Opposition – Extinction Rebellion

I’m calling it now. We will see controlled opposition.

Cue centre stage – extinction rebellion. These guys have been very quiet for nearly a year now. I always thought there was something inherently odd about this group. For many reasons. Firstly their founders –

Roger Hallam – researching a PHD on ways for campaigns to maximize political participation and mobilization.

Gail Bradbrook – A molecular biophysicist by training, working for Citizen Online in 2003 she deals with the charity’s industry and government partners – working in both public and private sectors as a “digital inclusion strategy specialist”, consulting “a wide range of clients such as EE and the Cabinet Office.

I find it odd that these two leaders both have links back to government and or academia. This screams of controlled opposition to me.

1. The narrative will shift away from criticising (for being evil and wrecking the climate) to that of supporting the governments “new normal” and to not go back to old ways.
2. The government will be forced to bring in more powers to prevent protest
3. The whole message is around extinction and the planet has too many people and isn’t sustainable
4. Certain businesses will be targeted (such as airlines and oil) where as others spared.
5. A bit extreme, but Could see a move to lab grown food rather than eating meat

The government would love a controlled protest of people saying how fantastic things are now. Rather than a genuine uprising with people firebombing cars and full on riots against the police. The protests will be a bit of fake blood or some sort of silent protest.

There protest will be very carefully managed, they will also socially distance. They will beg for more economic collapse. Beg for no-return to big oil and air travel. They will refuse to pay rents. All of this narrative is completely aligned with where how the government is operating today. There is a complete illusion of freedom fighters or activists against the government. This is a subversion tactic to beat back the true protesters that would oppose lockdown. These true protests against the government will be shut down faster than a blink of an all seeing eye. The

They are now using celebrities to endorse the whole thing: https://www.livekindly.co/emma-thompson-extinction-rebellion-climate-movie/The production value is high and the massages are reinforcing the new normal. The whole narrative around extinction has a feel of eugenics and is predictive programming that we should no longer exist as a species.

It is all intrinsically linked to the healthcare too. There is even a site for doctors for Extinction Rebellion https://www.doctorsforxr.com again seems like controlled opposition.