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The Tourism Authority of Thailand says the government has relaxed tourist visa requirements for some countries considered, “medium-risk”, in an effort to kick-start international tourism. Thapanee Kiatphaibool says tourist visa holders can be admitted for up to 60 days, with the possibility of extending their stay to 90 days, adding that, as of November 5, 1,465 foreign nationals have been granted visas. The 3 most popular types are retirement visas, privileged entry visas, and the Special Tourist Visa.

Thapanee says that while applicants for the STV must come from low-risk countries, officials are relaxing visa criteria for nationals of Scandinavia and other European countries currently considered medium-risk.

It’s worth noting however, that applicants must fulfil some pretty hefty financial requirements, including having at least 500,000 baht in savings, health insurance coverage of at least US$100,000, and out-patient insurance of 40,000 baht. Applicants must also take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before travel and be in possession of a medical certificate. They must then carry out 14 days’ quarantine (at their own expense) on arrival.

The Thaiger won’t hold its breath for a sudden upsurge in foreign tourists anytime soon…

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | Nation Thailand

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    Mr chan

    November 11, 2020 at 10:56 am

    Don,t say, just do it. We already see too much announcement, but all useless.

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    Nipral

    November 11, 2020 at 11:20 am

    …and the farce continues !!! This stupid government refuses to -or cannot-understand that
    none with a sane brain shall set foot to Thailand under such moronic conditions.
    Maldives are making a killing this year at the expense of Thailand. Well deserved !!!

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      Ynwaps

      November 11, 2020 at 11:35 am

      Special tourist visa for “special” tourist. Might as well just call it RTV.

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      Issan John

      November 11, 2020 at 11:54 am

      Actually the Maldives are NOT “making a killing at the expense of Thailand” or anyone else, but they’re proving just how much of a desperate clutching at straws this is, to the point of being an almost pointless exercise.

      Despite all the hype here, the reality is that last year the Maldives had around 125,000 tourists a month; this year, despite the publicity and the closed borders eleswhere, they had just 1,752 arrivals from July 15 to 31 followed by 7,628 visitors in August – so little more than 5% of “normal” numbers.

      Would that really be worth the effort and the risk?

      But let’s not let reality get in the way of a good bit of Thailand bashing …..

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        Toby Andrews

        November 11, 2020 at 1:41 pm

        I agree John let that not get in the way of a good bit of Thailand bashing.
        Thailand can only dream of having 7628 visitors month.
        I bet Thailand wish they could have 5% of their normal visitors, or even 3%.
        The fact is the Maldives has had 20.000 visitors from July 15th to sometime in September.
        The Maldives tourism minister expects from September to year end, 120.000 more visitors.
        For the same period the Thai minister expects, 4 mini vans loads, and 200 workers sneaking over the borders.
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        lol

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          Issan John

          November 11, 2020 at 2:19 pm

          You’d lose your bet – all the evidence and all the polls (of Thais!) make it very clear that Thais generally DON’T want the borders opened at the moment; 57% of those polled don’t even want the STV scheme.

          As for your “fact”, the “FACT” is that they actually had 1,752 in July, 7,628 in August and 9,538 in September so 18,918 so far, with no more evidence that they’ll get “120,000 more visitors” in the next three months than Thailand will any STV tourists.

          Realistically, for those sort of numbers (less than 10,000 a month including tourists, business travellers, Elite visa holders and retirees) it simply isn’t worth bothering.

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            Dreamon

            November 11, 2020 at 5:14 pm

            you still make the same mistake, Thailand it is a dictatorship ruled by a monarch protected by the military party.

            nobody trust these survey, just you and some other bunch of windows lickers.

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            Patrick Kelly

            November 11, 2020 at 11:57 pm

            Other countries are at least attempting to open the borders. Thailand will remain closed for years and the economic catastrophe will continue unabated.

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        Jack Sombra

        November 11, 2020 at 5:42 pm

        Interesting that you use numbers from months ago, shortly after opening, in middle of their low season (which runs same as Thailand). Oct (still low season) they were up to 21000, about 15% of normal average (and that would be average of high and low season) and steadily increasing. And that’s 15% with large numbers of their source markets, like the Chinese unable to travel. Market by market, with some variation, they are running as high as 40%

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        Kelly

        November 11, 2020 at 7:50 pm

        At this point it should be very clear that Issan John is not an expat. He is a thai national with nationalistic views. Tell me how a expat would dismiss all western ideas/logic and support failed eastern face-based fake news. The answer is he wouldnt. Propaganda machine at its finest 🙂

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      Mike Frenchie

      November 11, 2020 at 2:03 pm

      Not only the Maldives but Mexico, Cuba, etc. are very much thanking Thailand for killing its tourism and the 20% plus GDP linked to it (real estate, retail). Because Thailand wants the vaccine to be produce locally, it is likely that vaccination will be at the very end of 2021 while the country has almost zero herd immunity. Million of starving people will join the already long queue of free food charity line…

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        Issan John

        November 11, 2020 at 2:30 pm

        But they’re very clearly NOT “very much thanking Thailand” because it’s made no difference to them at all!

        The Maldives have 5% of their normal tourist numbers; Mexico’s had less than 30% and they’re nearly all from the US; and Cuba only opened a few islands in September, where there are no resident locals and the staff are bussed in, in three week shifts then quarantined, opening up in the middle of last month with virtually no takers.

        You’re living in la-la land.

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        Toby Andrews

        November 11, 2020 at 2:51 pm

        You are wasting your time reading this poster Mike. Logic in not one of his abilities.
        Stating black is white is.
        Example: he writes: they’re very clearly NOT very much thanking Thailand because it’s made no difference to them at all!
        Yet the next line is: The Maldives have 5% of their normal tourist numbers.
        Does that support him stating (it’s made no difference to them at all)???
        It has, the Maldives have 5% of their normal tourist numbers!

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          Mike Frenchie

          November 11, 2020 at 8:24 pm

          The Maldives’ October 2020’s tourist arrivals remain 84.8% less compared to October 2019. However, tourists visiting the island nation keeps growing at a steady pace. Likewise, the Maldives aims to reach a total of 500,000 tourist arrivals by the end of 2020.

          —- 15% and on the way up is much more than Phuket and they will get >30% at year end.

          I know that John tends to use numbers he cannot back up…

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          Bobby m

          November 11, 2020 at 11:05 pm

          Toby, you are so right.

          I stopped reading his posts ages ago. They are a complete waste of space. Let him respond as much as he wants. I agree wholeheartedly, don’t read them and don’t respond. Ignorance is bliss.

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        Wolfgang Schreurs

        November 15, 2020 at 1:00 pm

        It’s my personal belief that herd immunity is already in a large part of Thailand. Chinese have been going from and to Thailand for months after the initial outbreak. In the area where I live, in Chiang Mai province, there’s many Chinese villages. There’s a small Chinatown in our Amphur. Surely Chinese people must have travelled to and from China to visit relatives or for business. Surely Thailand must have had COVID spread already in December.

        I don’t believe the vaccine is really needed except for old and/or vulnerable people. I won’t be getting the vaccine and neither will my daughter. My girlfriend might want to take the vaccine, that’s up to her.

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    Hasse

    November 11, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    I’m not come back to Thailand as long it is a military dictate. I have come to Thailand for 15 years and i not want to spend any money there before the MP resigns and the people have free elections. After 2014 the country has been a bad country and need a new leader.

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    SG666

    November 11, 2020 at 12:48 pm

    Nobody will – as Nipral was writing – set a feet into LOScam under such moronic conditions. This is clearly shown by the fact that NO tourists applied for the ‘special’ Visa scheme in November. Let the stupidity prevail. I like it.

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    Happy Tourist

    November 11, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t understand the trouble here… you’re also not allowed to enter Europe without a special visa. So that’s the problem about Thailands entry policy?

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      Issan John

      November 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm

      EXACTLY!!!!!

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      Kim

      November 11, 2020 at 2:07 pm

      Spot on! While Thailand does struggle with several serious issues, then their china virus visa requirements for foreign visitors wanting to enter Thailand not unreasonable. The fact that certain Thai provinces are really struggling at present is a result of greed and lack of diversification. Didn’t all the local hoteliers and MNC’s save part of their huge profits, which they reaped for decades by overcharging tourists, for a rainy day?

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        Issan John

        November 11, 2020 at 2:43 pm

        Spot on, spot on!!

        Of course Thailand’s been affected by the global recession caused by Covid-19, and exports and production’s down, but that’s inevitable.

        Interesting to watch the interview with KP Ho to see a hotelier putting a positive spin on things and looking at the “flip side”, seeing Thais taking over where they now can, rather than all the doom and gloom from the farangs who’ve bled their fellow farangs dry and now want Thailand to bail them out.

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          SG666

          November 11, 2020 at 5:06 pm

          Complete Nonsense. As per my experience living here in LOScam for nearly 6 years now I can say that I never had any problem to make business with foreigners.

          There were much more problems dealing with moronic, unskilled Thai face saving liars who never kept any promise they made.

          Saying that I personally reduced my exposure to Thai people and business in any regard over the last few years to a possible minimum. I not regret it. I get what I want for the price I am willing to pay and MOST important I get it on time, no ‘solly no have’ and ‘maybe tomollow’

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          Kelly

          November 11, 2020 at 7:54 pm

          Why are you calling expats farang and not expats? Why are you bashing all the expats? Mayby cus you are a racist thai national?

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      SG666

      November 11, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Incorrect, it is no Problem to get a regular 90 day Shengen Visa for dependents of European Citizens for example.

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        Happy Tourist

        November 11, 2020 at 7:53 pm

        yes, but not for regular tourists. As of 27 October 2020, Germany allows unrestricted entry for residents of the following countries:

        Australia
        New Zealand
        Singapore
        Thailand
        Uruguay

        Entry from other countries is only possible in exceptional cases and is conditional on there being an urgent Need.

        Right now you’re not allowed to travel to Denmark as German citizen, for example.

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          SG666

          November 12, 2020 at 7:26 am

          Again incorrect, Denmark is a part of Shengen and at this moment there are No restrictions for Shengen travelers into Germany.

          I know the document you refer to. I suggest you read it till the end. It is stated that citizens of EU member states are exempted from travel restrictions.

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      Londoner

      November 11, 2020 at 7:33 pm

      Who isn’t allowed to enter Europe without a special visa? There are no visa restrictions on UK or European citizens

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      Jack Sombra

      November 11, 2020 at 8:21 pm

      ‘you’re also not allowed to enter Europe without a special visa. ‘

      What are you talking about? Most developed country’s can enter EU without a ‘Special visa’. Now can Thais or many other poor or developing nations? No. But then Thailand had same rules in normal times, most on same level economically or lower require a ‘special visa’.

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        Happy Tourist

        November 12, 2020 at 3:09 am

        Here, last sentence of first chapter “Entry restrictions”

        will guide you to

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          The Thaiger & The Nation

          November 12, 2020 at 9:32 am

          As posted on our guidelines, please no links.

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      Crispy

      November 12, 2020 at 2:31 am

      The Thai govt are very clear about their strict entry rules and indeed have been praised by the WHO for their handling of the crisis.
      Entry exit conditions are less strict in Europe for a variety of justifiable reasons. It does not in any way follow that Thailand is somehow “too strict”.

      The problem is with the Thai elite seeing this as an opportunity to fleece tourists with financial demands. There is no public health justification for this and it simply further damages the chances of the Thai people.

      I would say: spread a little love and win back the hearts of foreigners, keep on with the entry requirements related to public health, reverse the financial demands. And consider where you want to be post vaccine … then think about where you MIGHT be if you persist with what is viewed by many as quite m greedy and racist.

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      Mike

      November 15, 2020 at 10:16 pm

      Hahaha, well, here’s an example – France receives the most foreign tourists of any country – 89 million in 2019. (Thailand 38 million) (United Kingdom 36 million). France ranks 5th in terms of tourist spending behind United States, United Kingdom, China, Spain and Italy. Yet, tourism in France produces 9.7% of GDP compared to 20% in Thailand (conservative estimate because prostitution, massage parlours, beer bars, western union payments etc not included). So, the problem is that Thailand relies heavily on tourism. European economies aren’t as reliant on tourism, even though some earn even more money from it than Thailand does.

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    gosport

    November 11, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Low risk country is the right choice. I doubt there is any low risk country in Europe. It only has higher and highest.

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    Buttaxe

    November 11, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    Anyone know where Laos stands in all of this? They are clearly low-risk, sandwiched between low numbers Thailand, Vietnam and China, Cambodia too I believe.

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    Jason

    November 11, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    I have to say, I’m over this nonsense…. I will see what happens once normality returns to Thailand. If indeed it ever returns. I do hope the government realises that Thailand isn’t the only place to go to, to have a holiday in the sun. I do miss the ordinary people there and lament their lives and livelihoods. Maybe the unemployment and destitution will drive a change. Perhaps their loyalty to Rama IX will encourage a rebirth of the nation!

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    Derek

    November 11, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    I think people are overestimating the effect international tourism on Thailand – On Thai’s peoples day to day to life

    Sure Thai’s aren’t going to be able to s

    Unlike the West, Thai families and communities are extremely helpful to each other ….give each other free food, accommodation etc

    Markets around the country -In every town are always full with thousands of kilos of different fruits etc

    I doubt thai’s are going to be starving on the street.

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      Mike Frenchie

      November 11, 2020 at 11:43 pm

      Where are you staying? In posh parts of BKK? There are queues hundreds of meters long for free food (charity) in Pattaya and beggars, homeless are now by hundreds…

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    AI

    November 11, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    And still yet, nobody here has still gone on to prove that this dreaded virus actually prove.
    Even the UK and Irish govts were asked the very same and still nothing!

    So, would any of these posters here direct me or anyone else where the proof is this convid does in fact exist? It hasn’t even been isolated yet!
    Looking very much forward to your evidence. 5!

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    Lithuanian

    November 11, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Stop ASQ and we’ll be back for all the winter holidays …

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      nick

      November 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      price of asq hotels amounts to rip off.my usual hotel in bangkok 440 baht a night very good for the money.i am married to a thai best part of £3000 to get back to thailand.

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    Patrick Kelly

    November 12, 2020 at 12:03 am

    Thailand is paranoid regarding the pandemic. Normal travel will take years not months!

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    Tourist

    November 12, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I am applying for this TR visa, expecting to arrive within 5 weeks and stay for at least 60 days (+ quarantine). The new conditions are pretty straightforward to follow and comply with, despite the still present 14-day isolation period. I hope it will go smooth.

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An international Digital Travel Pass could be the magic bullet to restart global tourism

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A new international Travel Pass, a sort of digital health certificate, may be the way forward for countries to re-open their borders and international airlines to get their planes back into the air. The International Air Transport Association says the ‘digital’ certificate will support the safe reopening of borders.

As Covid-19 testing and the results becomes more reliable and nuanced, Governments are looking to testing as a means of limiting most of risks of Covid-19 when reopening their borders. The hope is that the new Travel Pass will replace the quarantine regime imposed by many countries and the hopes that a vaccine alone will solve the problems…

“IATA is calling for systematic Covid-19 testing of all international travelers and the information flow infrastructure needed to enable this must support:

  • Governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests and the identity of those presenting the test certificates.
  • Airlines with the ability to provide accurate information to their passengers on test requirements and verify that a passenger meets the requirements for travel.
  • Laboratories with the means to issue digital certificates to passengers that will be recognised by governments, and;
  • Travellers with accurate information on test requirements, where they can get tested or vaccinated, and the means to securely convey test information to airlines and border authorities.”

IATA is calling for systematic Covid-19 testing of all international travellers. The concept was unveiled at at IATA’s 76th Annual General Meeting on November 24, which called on governments to reopen borders to travel. Of all the industries affected by lockdowns and the slowdown of economies, the airline and travel industry have been hardest hit.

IATA says that deep losses will continue into 2021, even though the situation is expected to improve over the coming months.

A net loss of US$118.5 billion is expected for 2020, while a net loss of US$38.7 billion is expected in 2021.

Improvements are expected in the second half of 2021 after a difficult first half. Aggressive cost-cutting may combine with increased demand during 2021 to see the industry turn cash-positive in the fourth quarter of 2021, which is earlier than previously forecast, according to the IATA.

“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures. The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with travellers’ identities in compliance with border control requirements. That’s the job of the IATA Travel Pass.”

Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, says that the main priority is to get people traveling again safely.

“In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements. And that will eventually develop into a vaccine program. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution for both. And we have built it using a modular approach based on open source standards to facilitate interoperability. It can be used in combination with other providers or as a standalone end-to-end solution. The most important thing is that it is responsive to industry’s needs while enabling a competitive market.”

The IATA and International Airlines Group have been collaborating in the project and will arrange a trial to demonstrate that this pass, combined with Covid-19 testing, can reopen international travel and replace quarantines, which they say “essentially kill demand for air travel”.

The first cross-border IATA Travel Pass pilot is scheduled for later this year and the launch slated for quarter one 2021.

SOURCES: Reuters | IATA

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From plandemics to sheeple – making sense of the Covid conspiracy-speak

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Whilst most of us have been finding a way to make the best of the lockdowns and restrictions, and trying to hang on to our jobs and keep our family safe, others have used their copious spare time to create an elaborate alternate universe of plandemics, sheeple and evil 5G, and painting Bill Gates as the devil in human form. ‘Kool Aid’, the sugary flavour additive from the 1970s, has also had a comeback.

As the pandemic has become a reality, so has the infodemic. Whilst the scientists have been at war with a virus and the development of a vaccine, news and social media platforms have been in a battle of facts. Normally intelligent people are denouncing the wearing of masks, refuse to consider getting vaccinated and believe 5G networks ‘infect’ people with Covid-19. Elaborate videos have been produced, at great expense, full of unsubstantiated nonsense, alternate statistics, claims that the coronavirus is “just a flu” and that the impact of the virus has been vastly exaggerated.

There’s also a whole new language where terms of derision are used to replace facts and reasoned argument. Almost all of the conspiracy theories, and the people promoting them, come out of the US, a topic for another article.

In the meantime, let’s enjoy some of the new words and the hijacking of other terms and people.

Plandemic

aka. ‘Scamdemic’.

Plandemic refers to two conspiracy theory documentaries produced this year by Mikki Willis. Until May, Mikki Willis was best known for posting ‘nice’ viral videos of his family online. The first was hugely popular, the second sunk without a trace.

The much-viewed first documentary has since been thoroughly debunked. They both feature Judy Mikovits, a discredited scientist who is worshipped in the anti-vaccine movement, despite her denials. In the documentary she maintains that a malevolent global “elite” (even ‘elite’ has taken on a whole new meaning) caused the pandemic in order to seize power, money and control the wider population – sort of a conference of Bond villains.

Among her other claims, face masks can activate the virus. In all, she rambles on for 26 minutes with a convoluted web of intrigue, all completely dismantled by just about every scientist and medical practitioner. Unfortunately the documentaries came at a time when the US was in the midst of its first quasi-lockdown and clocked up a credible 7 million views on YouTube before it was removed. You can still see it if you really want to in a few dark corners of the internet.

In her book, ‘Plague of Corruption’, Mikovits compares herself to Galileo and Martin Luther King jnr.

A Pew Research Centre survey asked people in the US if they had heard the theory that Covid-19 was “intentionally planned” by people in power. 71% of US adults said they had. A third of the respondents said it was “definitely” or “probably” true.

5G

Once a term referring to the fifth generation of mobile technology, the worldwide role out 5G somehow got wound into any number of conspiracy theories involving Covid-19 and the plandemic, sorry pandemic. Whilst most of us eagerly looked forward to the introduction of 2G,3G and 4G, 5G came along at the same time as Covid-19. So OF COURSE they have something to do with each other.

No longer just a technology, 5G is now front and centre of any self respecting conspiracy theorist. Exposure to 5G antennas would give you Covid-19, apparently “altering your cells” in a way that was never quite explained, and WHAMMO, you had the coronavirus. That Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications giant, was behind some of the leading 5G technology, just added fuel to the story – they are a Chinese company so they MUST be spreading evil… and Covid-19.

Sheeple

If you’ve had the wool pulled over your eyes regarding the “truth” of Covid-19, or are easily led astray, you’re one of the Sheeple (alternate spelling – ‘sheople’).

Unless you’re wallowing in your own self-righteous, unprovable alternate reality, YOU are sheeple, or, presumably, a sheep-person. Unless you’re one of the few who has the clarity of vision and intellect to understand the “truth”, you are labelled a sheeple. Luckily, for the rest of us, they also have the time and commitment to bring us up to speed with their facts, and can usually reel them off at pace. And then repeat them over and over to MAKE SURE the sheeple understand.

YOU sheeple just follow the main stream media (which is any media that reports news they don’t like)… you are just part of the uninformed flock.

So if you just believe stuff because other people keep saying it, you’re a ‘sheeple’. Oh…

Bill Gates

Just throw his name into any Covid-19 conversation and stand back.

Wikipedia lists Bill Gates as ‘William Henry Gates III’, an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. Our generation has seen the young geek, sometimes competitor and sometimes collaborator with Apple’s Steve Jobs, grow into the cardigan-wearing philanthropist who, along with his wife, have formed one of the largest private foundations in the world.

They get their foundation involved in all sorts of public health projects but, according to conspiracy theorists, are spreading evil around the world.

Now Bill Gates, earlier seen as a geek-version of Mr Rogers, is now the voodoo doll for Covid-19.

Back in 2015, an unassuming-looking Bill Gates came on stage at a TED conference in Vancouver to issue a dire warning.
“If anything kills over 10 million people over the next few decades, it is likely to be a highly infectious virus rather than war.”So, he knew all about it! Aha!Now Bill Gates is leading a class of global “elites” and leading efforts to depopulate the world, apparently. His ‘vaccine’ has some tracking device that will be able to track us once we’ve been vaccinated. All this is a surprise to Bill Gates.”I’m very surprised by the course of these conspiracy theories and of course the ones involving me are completely incorrect. I hadn’t been a part of conspiracy theories up until this and it’s ironic because I talked about the risk of a pandemic in 2015.”But he WOULD say that, wouldn’t he!”It is novel that you have a pandemic and you have social media, and somehow the true messages aren’t as titillating or as exciting as the conspiracy-type message.”

Follow the breadcrumbs

Originally used as a means of navigation in the Grimm’s penned “Hansel and Gretel’ tale, where the children drop breadcrumbs along the way into the forest so they can then find their way back home, the breadcrumbs are now tidbits of knowledge you must follow to learn the truth – that is the truth according to American conspiracy theorists QAnon. Summarising, QAnon claim that US President Donald Trump has been spearheading a secret war, between golf games, against “well known” Satan-worshippers and paedophiles – the President elect Joe Biden being one of them according to QAnon.

It all comes from the month of an unknown “Q” who posts the stories on encrypted message services and then shared around social media. Not to be confused with Q from James Bond who was responsible for ejector seats in Aston Martins, poison pens and guns fitted to license plates.

These messages from Q – “drops” or “crumbs”explain facts about a “cabal” within the “elite”, or the secret war , referred to as the “cbts”, or “calm before the storm”. The series of “breadcrumbs are then shared and spread online by people that have the time to understand facts from an unknown person sprouting outrageous nonsense.

It would be laughable except that the QAnon theories (a poor use of the word ‘theories’) have been circulated in the White House by a number of staffers that subscribe to the trail of breadcrumbs, dragging other down the Q-inspired rabbit hole.

Elites

1. a select group that is superior in terms of ability or qualities to the rest of a group or society.

Not any more. Once the so-called elite drove around, or were driven around, in their black Mercedes Benz, shopped at those stores on the first floors of fancy shopping centres and puffed cigars whilst counting their millions. Now the “Elite” are a secret society of people who are complicit in planning and carrying out the biggest hoax in history – the Covid-19 pandemic.

The “elite” have conspired with governments to keep us sheeple in compliant control. Most governments find it difficult to role out stimulus payments and pick up the rubbish on time, let alone conspire to do anything in a secret, controlled manner. Any self-respecting elite usually does everything they can NOT to be involved in governments, anywhere.

The Great Reset

Not what we do to our computers after tearing our hair out for an hour. This baseless conspiracy theory, known as the ‘Great Reset’, claims a group of world leaders “orchestrated” and planned the pandemic to take control of the global economy.

The conspiracy theory has its origins in a genuine plan entitled ‘The Great Reset’, drawn up by the World Economic Forum – now used as somewhat thin ‘evidence’ that The Great Reset is true. The WEF is an annual conference for high-profile figures from politics and business. The plan explores how countries might recover from the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic but has never mentioned any control or broader policy covering world populations.

The recovery plan has now been interpreted as a sinister plan, first by fringes of the conspiracy theory networks and then taken up by conservative commentators and then shared around social media.

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Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more due to Covid delay

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Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more due to Covid delay | The Thaiger

The Tokyo Olympics may cost almost US$2 billion more than its original budget of US$13 billion, after it has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Olympic organisers say they will decide on the increased budget for the Games after communicating with Japan’s government and Tokyo. The Games were postponed by 1 year after Covid-19 spread worldwide, with its opening date set to July 23, 2021. Of all the events postposed because of Covid-19, the Olympics was the biggest and most complex to postpone.

Such a delay has yielded new costs, from retaining the organising staff, rebooking venues and transportation. Not to mention, the question of if the event can actually proceed safely. But Olympic officials are reaffirming that the Games can, indeed, be held following safety measures.

Such covid safety measures are reportedly another reason why the price of the event has increased, although the new estimated cost doesn’t include such measures. Officials say they are expecting the additional costs to be paid for by the Japanese government. Organisers and officials are reportedly considering a long list of possible virus countermeasures that they hope will make the Games possible, even if a vaccine is not yet available.

A dialed-down, lower-cost Olympics plan was announced in September, with banners, mascots, meals, and athlete welcome ceremonies being scrapped along with fewer free tickets to be offered. A senior official has said that Tokyo Olympics test events will resume in March with a decision on fan attendance to be made in the spring season.

Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee Chief says he is very confident that the Games will have attending fans. However, fan enthusiasm has decreased inside of Japan, with summer polls indicating only 1 in 4 Japanese people wanting the Games to happen, with most wanting them to be postponed or even fully cancelled.

So far, Tokyo has reported just over 40,000 cases of Covid, with Japan reporting 145,000 cases since the pandemic began.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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