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    PeterPetrum

    Jo Nova, you are doing an incredible job. Your ability to dig out information that no, so called, journalist has found in this country is amazing. Thank you, you are giving us such important information that, even if our desired outcome of a Trump survival does not occur, at least we are well informed of the absolute treason which seems to be endemic in the Democrat party.

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    OriginalSteve

    I have stopped reading the bulk of the MSM…they are just globalist mouthpieces and propaganda outlets.

    I dont say that lightly, its just now so blatant its almost funny how stupid and depraved the MSM is now.

    Gives you an insight into the depraved and mislead NWO globalists minds are too.

    I actually feel sorry for them. From my Christian perspective, it seems the Devil has whispered in the ear of these wealthy people and sold them the poisoned chalice of power, depravity, and degenerate behaviour. And once he is through with them, he will throw them to the wolves. They are just deceived and dont realize they are being fooled. They need to repent and turn back to God…..

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    Richard C (NZ)

    Ware County GA ran same number of Trump and Biden voter to test Dominion system. Biden came out ahead by 26%!
    Free Republic

    Some dispute whether 26% or 0.26%. However….

    Neverlift – “The last attachment is an article stating the hand recount showed .52%. Then states that the margin statewide is .26%. The first attachment is about the test that was performed running equal amounts of ballots and getting 26%. These are two different events, the hand recount and the test run.”

    mazz44 – “The sample highlighted the fact that Biden received 113% of the vote and Trump received 87%. Even though, the same amount of votes for each were scanned in. That is a 26% difference.”

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      Richard C (NZ)

      Google’s suppressing this.

      Only 2 of the top 6 results for search of title of that post.

      Top 6 results from Bing are title of post

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      Richard C (NZ)

      TeamSidney made the revelation via Parler.

      Curiously, Twitter didn’t censor Rep.Jodie Hice on same. Must be beyond dispute – even for Twitter.

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    RossP

    Watch the Mark Levin video in this link. I am not a lawyer but Levin’s explanation is easy to understand and I think there is a strong case on the Pennsylvania situation which hopefully will see SCOTUS upholding the Constitution.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/12/sen-ted-cruz-pledges-argue-pennsylvania-election-case-supreme-court-case-accepted/

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    Springdam

    Agree OS. regrettably many millions of people are blinded to the truth or should I say they do not have or use discernment in their heart. Attended my first ever Freedom rally on Sunday in Adelaide. A few hundred turned out. A great day. Nice to know others think similar.

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    Peter Fitzroy

    7 days until certification, where is the Kraken?

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    Jojodogfacedboy

    If you have a bad reaction or die from this vaccine, the company has immunity from prosecution.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-pfizer-vaccine-legal-indemnity-safety-ministers-b1765124.html

    It is at your own risk for taking this vaccine.

    Here is some identified problems this vaccine is generating.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/ex-pfizer-exec-demands-eu-halt-covid-19-vaccine-studies-over-indefinite-infertility-and

    The raw virus reacts badly to this vaccine.
    This has yet to include any mutations of this virus.

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    Andrew McRae

    Ready for the Christmas influx of corona cases?
    Any rellys O/S with enough time and money who want to be out of quarantine and with their family down under by Christmas Eve have flown in today and yesterday. So should expect case counts to get a bit of an uptick, and this does appear to have started already (eg Qld had +6 in last 24h when it’s normally 1 or 2).
    Take it from me that all the new cases in Qld’s source table since yesterday are all in the Overseas acquired column, nothing new in the community transmission. They really should report the “new cases in last 24h” in separate categories of “Inside Quarantine” and “Outside Quarantine” so we can easily see if upticks are (IN THEORY) no danger to us (Victorian hotels notwithstanding). “Overseas acquired” should mean no danger of resurgence because it was detected before they departed quarantine.
    Seems to be going okay at this end.

    At first I suspected there would be a Christmas shopping/Black Friday spike, but there was not any noticeable bump 7 days later. So we must really have squashed this virus almost completely out of the State, maybe even the whole country? The federal epidemiology report for the fortnight ending 22 Nov said:

    New South Wales reported the highest proportion of cases this fortnight (46%; 56/123), all of which were overseas acquired. Locally-acquired cases accounted for 15% (19/123) of all cases reported this fortnight, all of which were attributed to a cluster of cases in South Australia. At the end of this reporting period, it had been 24 days since there was a locally-acquired case of unknown source.

    Dare I say… Mission Accomplished?
    Now if everyone from the northern and western states could just fly in to Melbourne and check into the Stamford Plaza that would be super. 😉

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    How about spreading this simple sensible idea –

    Switch to Australian energy utility
    http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=6571

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    Analitik

    California was the largest net electricity importer of any state in 2019

    California’s net electricity imports were the largest in the country at 70.8 million megawatthours (MWh), or 25% of the state’s total electricity supply

    Gosh – who’d a thunk?

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    from another thread

    I know this is way off topic.

    Gee Aye, seems this is your field, could I trouble you to explain this to me Specifically page 42
    https://www.fda.gov/media/134922/download.

    The analytical sensitivity of the rRT-PCR assays contained in the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019- nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel were determined in Limit of Detection studies. Since no quantified virus isolates of the 2019-nCoV were available for CDC use at the time the test was developed and this study conducted, assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA (N gene; GenBank accession: MN908947.2) of known titer (RNA copies/µL) spiked into a diluent consisting of a suspension of human A549 cells and viral transport medium (VTM) to mimic clinical specimen.

    This bit: assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA (N gene; GenBank accession: MN908947.2)

    Tried highlighting the bits, but won’t copy over

    Thanks in advance

    My first comment is whether this is relevant. This was right at the start of the pandemic and heaps of other PCR based kits were subsequently developed tested and approved, although I don’t know in detail what happened when in the US. Also, since then vast numbers of tests were performed and a very large number of virus genomes sequenced that independently show whether PCR will work in a particular isolate (a mutation at the 3′ end of a priming site will cause false negatives).

    assays designed for detection of the 2019-nCoV RNA were tested with characterized stocks of in vitro transcribed full length RNA

    They made a whole lot of viral RNA genomes themselves (in test tubes) that they then used for testing sensitivity and specificity. I haven’t read all the methods but I’d think they would spike blood with known amounts and then run the test to see if they can detect it. This might also speak to the fact that early in the pandemic there were few samples of “wild” samples of the virus that they could access.

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    MP

    That document has been updated as this part used to be on page 39, also the date is different so I assume it has been modified as things are learnt.
    I am searching the web for the Genome sequence source, all I have come up with (so far) is that the Gene sequence data was submitted by the Wuhan lab way back at the start. https://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/01/china-releases-genetic-data-new-coronavirus-now-deadly
    Is it possible to make a PCR test from Data?

    I am reading up on the safety trials for the vaccine if I can find them and got side tracked by the CDC site. The vaccines are made from synthetic virus?

    Thanks, mind if I ask a few more questions as I progress through the data and do you have a view on the Vaccine. I think your at work.

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      I’m not really following the vaccine trials and medical biochem is not my thing.

      For the genome NCBI genbank is your friend. Have fun reading this https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nuccore/1798174254

      Nextstrain is an ongoing project looking at the variation
      https://nextstrain.org/ncov/global

      If you give me a sequence data I can make you a test that has a high chance of being specific, unique and sensitive. PCR amplifies the DNA (or RNA after converting it to DNA) between two primers each of about 20 bases (A,G,C or T) in length.

      The chances of choosing a pair of primers that amplifies anything else of exactly the same length of DNA is miniscule. The exception being in related species. This is where genbank comes in. You can check across the millions of DNA of data submissions – I linked to just one above, although most are smaller – to see if anything matches your primer pairs and it will tell you whether you could get a match to something else. It rarely happens but it is good to check and make changes as necessary.

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        MP

        This is seriously above my intellect, I have to google every second words meaning.
        I would be following them as its going to be your thing soon as well.
        The code is massive, noticed on the nextstrain page Australia/NZ are called Oceania now, all going very Orwellian nowadays. If we can just change the name of the south pacific games to say the Oceania games, oh wait.

        Thanks again

        May as well pass this on, the Astrozenica vaccine. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31604-4/fulltext

        ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 has previously been reported to be immunogenic and protective against pneumonia in a rhesus macaque challenge model.
        does this mean it was tested in a model of a monkey, its based on a monkey virus that’s been synthetically altered (chimeric)?

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    Graeme No.3

    For those who missed it
    https://papundits.wordpress.com/2020/11/30/wind-power-generation-intermittency-its-worse-than-you-tintroduction/
    by TonyfromOz.

    There is a Part 2 and Part 3; the former concern the rapid losses of generation, and the latter the long term failures.
    https://papundits.wordpress.com/2020/11/30/wind-power-generation-intermittency-its-worse-than-you-think-it-is-part-two/ (links to Part 3)

    For those short of time a summary ( in data covering just 800 days, and we have 265 occasions where the power loss exceeds 500MW. = almost one day in every three, on average). Would explain why renewable energy is ONLY possible with lots (and lots) of storage — Too expensive for the operators so they want the public to pay — and why you still need enough reliable generators for when renewables fail.

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    greggg

    ‘Landmark legal ruling finds that Covid tests are not fit for purpose. So what do the MSM do? They ignore it’
    ‘This is not the first challenge to the credibility of PCR tests. Many people will be aware that their results have a lot to do with the number of amplifications that are performed, or the ‘cycle threshold.’ This number in most American and European labs is 35–40 cycles, but experts have claimed that even 35 cycles is far too many, and that a more reasonable protocol would call for 25–30 cycles. (Each cycle exponentially increases the amount of viral DNA in the sample).’
    ‘The Portuguese judges cited a study conducted by “some of the leading European and world specialists,” which was published by Oxford Academic at the end of September. It showed that if someone tested positive for Covid at a cycle threshold of 35 or higher, the chances of that person actually being infected is less than three percent, and that “the probability of… receiving a false positive is 97% or higher.”’
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/507937-covid-pcr-test-fail/

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    greggg

    ‘Pierre Kory, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at St. Luke’s Aurora Medical Center, delivers passionate testimony during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “Early Outpatient Treatment: An Essential Part of a COVID-19 Solution, Part II.”‘
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq8SXOBy-4w&feature=emb_logo
    He makes a case for Ivermectin. The wonder drug that obliterates covid. The establishment is killing people by blocking treatments that work.

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    Red Edward

    On the COVID front, a drug in phase II/III trials is highly effective against COVID-19 in ferrets.

    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/361060

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    CHRIS

    Lovely to see just what political pressure and capitalism does to the making of vaccines. Normally a vaccine takes 2-3 years (or more) to be introduced to the public…but not COVID-19. It will be interesting to see the results of these fast-tracked vaccines’ effectiveness in 12-18 months time. Will there be (as yet) unknown side effects? I’m predicting there will be. Maybe not life threatening, but still a concern. And anyone who believes that Pfizer and other medical corporations are creating vaccines out of the goodness of their heart, are just deluding themselves.

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    Douglas Field

    Boris is rushing into the arms of Barnier – [Snip]AD
    Boris buggers Brexit

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