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    Annie

    Early weekend; I’m all for it! 🙂

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    beowulf

    Unvaccinated Are Like Secondhand Smoke

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    So said former Obama administration Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose superior health expertise is derived from her BA in political science and MA in Public Administration.

    https://www.breitbart.com/clips/2021/09/29/sebelius-unvaccinated-are-like-secondhand-smoke-they-can-make-me-and-my-family-sick/

    Americans who have not received a coronavirus vaccine are like “secondhand smoke” in that they can make people sick.

    Kathleen certainly sums up the general erroneous belief that the unvaccinated are full of contagion that we go around spreading to all and sundry, and the corollary that the vaccinated are automatically COVID-free — except if they meet the unvaxed. It’s like they are washed clean rather than inoculated.

    . . . what people don’t have a right to do is make other people sick, put other people in jeopardy, risk other people’s lives, risk children’s lives.

    On that basis it sounds like the vax companies have some serious explaining to do about experimenting with their concoctions on entire populations from cradle to grave if they get their way.

    Well what do you know?

    Pfizer submits data to FDA on Covid vaccine in children aged 5-11

    • Recently released data showed the vaccine induced a ‘robust’ immune response in younger kids, Pfizer said
    • Kids aged five-11 will receive smaller doses at 10 micrograms (μg) given 21 days apart compared to the 30 μg doses for those aged 12 and older
    Parents are split 50/50 over whether or not to vaccinate their kids because children make up less than 0.1% of all Covid deaths in the U.S.
    • The team then tested the safety, tolerability and immune response generated by the vaccine by measuring antibody levels in the young subjects.

    This is presumably the same testing regime they were seeking a couple of thousand Aussie, Canadian and other children to participate in several weeks back. So apparently in several weeks they have “proven” the safety and tolerability of their experimental swill. Now that’s what I call thorough testing. Lots of long term data there.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10036917/Pfizer-submits-data-FDA-COVID-19-vaccine-younger-children.html

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      M Allinson

      “Unvaccinated Are Like Secondhand Smoke”

      Or like someone who refuses to wear their seatbelt while driving.

      How the hell can my seatbelt work when there are others on the road who won’t wear theirs?

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        Bruce

        They seem to want to turn the “unvaccinated” into smoke. Plus a little “gold-mining” on the side. There’s a recent large-scale precedent.

        Arbeit macht frei and all that jazz.

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        OriginalSteve

        As soon as it mentions Obummer you can safely ignore it…

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    greggg

    ‘‘Transaction denied’: Get ready for credit card that cuts off spending once you hit your CO2 max’
    ‘Doconomy’s ‘premium’ DO Black card goes beyond tracking the CO2 emissions of your purchases — it stops from you spending as soon as you reach your monthly, UN-determined CO2 limit.’
    ‘“This CO2 monitoring credit card will begin as a ‘voluntary’ measure with no ‘mandate.’ But how long until this CO2 card will be mandated by big corporations in collusion with governments? Given how the climate activists are aping the COVID lockdowns, expect this credit card to be mandatory under a ‘climate emergency.’”’

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/transaction-denied-get-ready-for-credit-card-that-cuts-off-spending-once-you-hit-your-co2-max/

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      Klem

      That’s a commercial credit card, the real Personal Carbon Allowance card will be the vaccine passport or a variation of it. Its only a matter of time. Just watch.

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        Greg in NZ

        Certificate Of Va**ination IDentification = COVID

        Pure coincidence I’m sure.

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        Ian George

        Just had a horrible thought. Usually councils charge extra for water after your household goes over a set limit for the year. This is supposedly to help limit your use of a vital resource (or really just to make more money).
        So, as fossil fuels are phased out and electrical power is in shorter/less reliable supply, companies/govt may set a limit to your household’s electricity use and charge extra if you go over. Far more effective than a DO Black credit card.

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    red edwards

    Just an article on anti-aging on Biorvix

    https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.05.07.082917v1

    For a long form on teh paper, the lead author recently released a book. (On Amazon US)

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/8554106059?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

    Interesting, but I don’t recommend using lawyers for the next level of testing. . . (it might work!)

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      greggg

      So he’s created a substitute for young blood?

      ‘Once the talk of conspiracy theorists — the rich ingesting the blood of the young to foster longevity — is now a reality and an actual business in the United States. Not only is it a business but billionaires are actually admitting their interest in it.’
      ‘As Vanity Fair reports, Ambrosia, which buys its blood from blood banks, now has about 100 paying customers. Some are Silicon Valley technologists, like Thiel, though Karmazin stressed that tech types aren’t Ambrosia’s only clients and that anyone over 35 is eligible for its transfusions.’

      https://thefreethoughtproject.com/elite-ingesting-blood-conspiracy/

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    tonyb

    “Israel covid infections drop after third dose”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10032371/The-booster-effect-Israels-Covid-infections-plummet-nearly-THREEFOLD-fortnight.html

    There seems to be a positive effect in limiting serious illness and death after 2 jabs. This seems to last perhaps 6 plus months but then wanes rapidly. The jab seems to have a limited value in preventing infection in the first place, I suspect partially because the double jabbed believe the propaganda and that they are genuinely immune. the jab also does not seem to prevent the vaccinated passing on the virus.

    So clearly the vaccine has a value, especially for the ill or the elderly. Much less so for the fit and young.

    As yet we don’t know if a third vaccination will provide protection for say a year, as many people would be prepared for an annual jab, like they have for flu.

    However it may be there is a need for a second generation vaccine. We shall see.

    In the meantime much more medical research needs to be carried out on anti virals. If they are effective they need to be used, but most tests have not been carried out under strict medical conditions so therefore the medical establishment and their govts seem reluctant to use what might be a highly effective and cheap route to curtail the pandemic.

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      Vicki

      Get with the news Tony. Fauci has just announced approval of Merck’s anti viral after a very successful clinical trial. No need to link as the internet has copious links this morning.

      Like many on this blog I have been following the development of the anti virals for a long time. Pfizer & Roche also have anti virals soon to be released pending final trials.

      Annoying that Merck has a better candidate in their stable – Ivermectin- which for reasons known on this blog, will never be promoted.

      But quite frankly, I am pathetically relieved that the first of the anti virals are ready for release. Nonetheless I note that the vax lobby are already saying they are just another aid to the vaccines. They would, wouldn’t they?

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        Vicki

        When I posted the link above I nearly also put a link to the Merck product but it is a new one and not any of those discussed here over the last year or so.

        Those are existing medications intended for different purposes originally which many here believe could be very effective against covid. They are also very cheap.

        The merck product is expected to cost at least 600 us dollars per patient instead of the pennies that some of the non covid anti virals would cost.

        The Merck product has also not been approved as yet in any other markets but as the other potential anti virals have not yet even been through official clinical trials it seems likely the Merck product will gain ascendancy

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          OldOzzie

          SHARYL ATTKISSON – (UPDATED) Exclusive Summary: Covid-19 Vaccine Concerns

          If you find yourself confused about the mixed guidance when it comes to Covid-19 vaccines and safety concerns, you’re not alone.

          While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is marketing widespread use of the emergency-use vaccines in the U.S. for both old and young alike, many other countries are limiting Covid-19 vaccine use. Health officials around the world are giving varying advice on safety issues as Covid-19 vaccines are given to more people, and more information can be collected.

          Read CDC’s information here.

          Below are summaries of some of the concerns that have emerged or been raised by medical officials.

          Summary by safety concern

          General

          In the UK, some scientists analyzed adverse event reports and called upon the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to stop the Covid-19 vaccines as “not safe for human use” due to reports of issues with bleeding/clotting, pain, immune system, neurological, loss of sight/hearing/smell/speech, and questions about impact in pregnant women.

          A petition of scientists led by Linda Wastila, Professor, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research University of Maryland School of Pharmacy is calling for Covid-19 vaccines to be disapproved.

          Fifty-seven authors from 17 countries have signed an endorsement urging that Covid-19 vaccinations be stopped unless new safety mechanisms are immediately implemented.

          The authors include Dr. Peter McCullough, cardiologist and former Vice Chief of Medicine at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, who has called for a halt to vaccinating 30-year olds due to “no clinical benefit” and safety concerns. [McCullough is currently Senior Professor of Internal Medicine at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center.]

          Incredibly Comprehensive as you would expect from SHARYL ATTKISSON

          From the Comments

          Thank you for the public service. The CDC/NIH gives us the spin that best protects their rice bowls.

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        Here is a link to the Merck story. As yet it has not been approved by the FDA although they are asking for emergency authorisation. As vicki says, there are competitors out there so no doubt Merck will be pushing hard for approval so they are first to the market

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58764440

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        RightOverLabour

        I’m sticking to equine products. Cheap, hopefully easily available ( there is a shortage of it at the moment, I wonder why) and so far no side effects other than feeling a lot better over all with a whole bunch of irritating medical conditions disappearing since starting the product.

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          OriginalSteve

          Do you have any urge to roll in the dust?

          🙂

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          Vicki

          Are you in Oz? If so, I guess you are using the pour-on. Not surprised about “other conditions disappearing” as in the USA people have been reporting the absence colds and sniffles etc.

          But then, I have noticed this with increased use of the vitamins – Vit D3, Zinc, Vit C & bioflavonoids.

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          TedM

          Are you actually using it. I’m genuinely interested.

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        Brenda Spence

        Maybe that was the real reason IVM was being supressed, more money to be made.

        Wonder how long that has been in the pipeline?

        Ideal for countries without refrigeration they say. No frig, no vaccine.

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          Brenda Spence

          PS. Pfizer is in there too, its a race!

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          Vicki

          Yes. I think that this has been discussed before.

          My own view is that the pharmaceutical companies told Fauci & the FDA & CDC in 2020 that they could have gene therapy vaccines ready before anything else. Robert Malone and others have explained that the platform for the gene therapies is relatively easy to adapt since a lot of development work has been done over the past 20 years (though not in human trials!).

          In the panic environment of 2020, and given that none of the pharma comapnies were about to put money into either vaccine or anti-viral development if Ivermectin, Hydroxy et al were approved for CV treatment, the medical bureaucrats agreed.

          Meantime, development was full speed ahead for the anti-virals, especially when it became apparent that a) the efficacy of the vaccines was very limited and b) there were unacceptable adverse responses.

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            Brenda Spence

            Just saw this from Dr Peter McCullough

            “​​Media smear campaign against ivermectin timed to clear market for Pfizer’s new ivermectin-like clone drug, which will be hailed as a “miracle”

            If you are wondering why ivermectin has dominated the mainstream news cycle recently, the answer is Pfizer, which is right now trying to pirate the drug in an attempt to create a new “blockbuster” cash cow.

            On Monday, the pharmaceutical giant announced to the world that it is launching an “accelerated” Phase 2/3 trial for a “new” covid prophylactic pill that strangely enough sounds like ivermectin under a new name.

            Pfizer says that its “new” drug for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) will act as a “potent protease inhibitor.” It just so happens that ivermectin does the exact same thing, which is why some are now jokingly calling this “new” drug “Pfizermectin.”

            This is not to say that whatever drug ends up being commercially released by Pfizer will be exactly the same as ivermectin, just to be clear. Chances are it will be tweaked and tinkered with to be less effective than real ivermectin because the powers that be do not want people to actually stay protected against and heal from covid.

            No, they would rather hijack certain elements from real ivermectin and use them to create a new, proprietary (patented) “medicine” that will likely cost orders of magnitude more than the real thing, generating a massive new profit stream for Pfizer.

            Ivermectin, it is important to note, has already saved millions of lives in India, Brazil and elsewhere where it is available to the public. Since ivermectin is hard to come by in North America, very few people have been able to benefit from its use.

            Why do Americans keep letting Big Pharma pull these kinds of stunts?

            Some suspect that the new Pfizer drug, called “PF-07321332,” really is just ivermectin repackaged. The plan, they say, is to jack up the price sky high so only the rich can afford to use it.

            After all, real ivermectin is dirt cheap, if only Americans could get politicians, Big Pharma and other terrorists out of the way from restricting its use.

            “They have done this so they can make this drug more expensive than Ivermectin, despite the fact, they are the same drug,” joked one person on Twitter, emphasizing that this statement was meant to be sarcasm.

            They say there is some truth to every joke, though, and perhaps this person is right. Perhaps Pfizer has stolen an inexpensive, off-patent drug and is repackaging it as its own to charge gobs more money for it.

            In the world of the common man, this is called theft. But in the world of Big Pharma and Wall Street, it is apparently just another “too big to fail” act of capitalism, or whatever it is they are calling this irredeemably corrupt society these days.”

            Join 👉 https://t.me/PeterMcCullough

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            Ronin

            “Meantime, development was full speed ahead for the anti-virals, especially when it became apparent that a) the efficacy of the vaccines was very limited and b) there were unacceptable adverse responses.”

            Also it was evident a fortune could be made flogging an anti-viral because of (A) and (B).

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    tonyb

    I posted this graph a couple of weeks ago

    https://i.redd.it/d9stlp5n2m831.jpg

    It is the Richter scale for earthquakes but makes a good analogy for covid. If you are young and fit the chances of a covid ‘earthquake are very small and you are on the left hand side of the scale. As you get older or have serious existing medical conditions you move rapidly up the right hand part of the scale.

    If I were young and fit I would be very reluctant to take the vaccine. The older you get or the more serious illnesses you have the more sensible it becomes.

    Vaccinating children seems highly dubious unless the vaccine stopped infections being passed through the family via the child, but there is little evidence that the vaccine stops infections to any great degree.

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    David+Wojick

    The greens claim that the European and Chinese energy crises show fossil fuels are unreliable:

    “It is also worth stressing that coal and gas are currently unaffordable and unreliable in much of the world. China is facing power cuts because of coal supply constraints. Europe faces high heating bills this winter. In the short term, high prices will spur more mining and drilling. In the long term, the price hikes underline the benefits of reducing energy demand and meeting it with free wind and sunshine.”

    https://mailchi.mp/climatehome/threading-the-needle-on-afghan-aid-2687394?e=edd9ee2911

    No idea why the green URL mentions afghan aid.

    “Free wind and sunshine”!

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      Peter C

      Hello David,

      My name was coming out as Peter+C, but I found that I can remove the + before posting.

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      Ronin

      More spin from the greens, also no one from the Southern Hemisphere need attend COP26 as we are already at Net zero.

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        Ronin
        October 2, 2021 at 10:24 am · Reply
        no one from the Southern Hemisphere need attend COP26 as we are already at Net zero

        But should we attend to tell them how we will INCREASE our carbon emissions in order to meet their target of net zero ?

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      yarpos

      Unreliable??? How do think think the world has been powered for the last 100 years or so? Ureliability only became a topic withe tge arrivsl of “RE”

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    Peter Fitzroy

    A win for oil producer Chevron. Of course Donziger will appeal, but must lawyers will now think twice before starting litigation against fossil fuel companies

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      Graeme No.3

      A thirty year campaign? Does that sound like he thought twice?

      And if there was damage to a forest could action be taken against those who destroy forests to install wind turbines and transmissin lines?

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    Unsurprisingly a majority of Americans prefer trumps border Policy to bidens free for all.

    More surpringly the majority is not that large

    https://summit.news/2021/09/30/poll-majority-of-americans-prefer-trump-border-policy-to-biden-open-door/

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    Hopefully this story has been greatly exaggerated as surely you can’t arrest aussie people for trying to enter a business without a covid passport?

    https://summit.news/2021/09/30/authorities-threaten-jail-time-for-unvaccinated-aussies-who-try-to-enter-businesses/

    It seems the police are reluctant to enforce the law, no doubt realising this will cause great problems

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      el+gordo

      ‘ … if they try to enter premises with “fake vaccine passports”

      Its alright, young rebels will take their chances and run the gauntlet, but unlikely to end up in the clink.

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      OriginalSteve

      Its possible such powers only exists as emergency powers.

      The NSW prem has gone, the real story may never be known, but it appears she was holding back the true evil agenda, so she was given the shove….what follows her will likely be a compliant drone, and NSW will slide down into the N W O hell hole,like Victoriastan.

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        el+gordo

        ‘ … so she was given the shove… ‘

        No, she walked because it was more tenable than going to the backbench, nothing to do with the NWO. The lady has a bright and prosperous future in finance.

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        robert rosicka

        She admitted to ICAC that she was told by her boyfriend of his shonky deals and told him she didn’t want to talk or hear about what he was doing , this raised a red flag that she should have told either ICAC or the speaker etc of what she heard . She would still be premier if that was done and I can understand why she didn’t but that said she had an obligation to report a possible corruption and didn’t .

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          OriginalSteve

          The timing of the report was suspect.

          I think its a darker reason – The victoristan leader suffered an “event”, now the NSW one.

          So I think she may have been told to do something that was repugnant to her, so she got the “resign or else” talk.

          If NSW really goes bad, we know the answer

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            el+gordo

            The timing of the report is unfortunate, but its just the normal run of things at ICAC. The Premier had to resign because she is on public notice that politicians should stand aside or quit when under investigation.

            Anyway, this is not a larger conspiracy and NSW should blossom under the new Premier. He looks like Clark Kent.

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    another ian

    “You CAN’T Use ‘Cases'”

    “Do remember the admitted truth on PCR: A Ct test of 35 or more almost never results in culturable virus.

    It breaks down something like this:

    Ct<20 = Nearly always you can culture virus.
    Ct25 = 50 – 70% of the time you can culture virus.
    Ct30 = ~25-30% of the time you can culture virus.
    Ct35 = ~4-8% of the time you can culture virus.
    Ct40 = Statistically never can you culture virus."

    More at

    https://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=243752

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      Forrest Gardener

      Very interesting. I wonder what the correlation is between the rapid lateral flow test results and the cycles required for a positive PCR test.

      That would be some science worth following.

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    another ian

    “Activists Get A Recent Paper That Threatens Climate Alarm Narratives Removed From Journal”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/01/activists-get-a-recent-paper-that-threatens-climate-alarm-narratives-removed-from-journal/

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      another ian

      In comments there
      Anon
      Reply to
      Sparko
      October 1, 2021 9:38 am
      That is mostly correct, but it was a little more complex than that. The peasants were taught by the government to override their common sense about agriculture. So, at random times different villages would get freakishly good harvests and because it seemed to result from Lysenko’s methods, they would report those successes to Pravda (of course they would not publish disappointing harvests). So, what was produced as an automated “cherry picking” reporting mechanism, and eventually there were hundreds of reports in the Soviet media that backed up Lysenko. Lysenko rarely published in scientific journals but rebutted his opponents that did with the massive trove of Pravda articles that showed the “practical results” of his methods. Thus, the peasants unwittingly participated in this through the Soviet media and it looked like they were on Lysenko’s side. And the real irony was that the government was buying wheat from the United States and desperately wanted to increase its harvests. (wtf?)

      I just bring this up because it is similar to what is happening now with Climate Change, where every unusual weather occurrence, that validates the theory, gets reported as “proof” of the theory. And weather occurrences that don’t, don’t get reported. This is illustrative of how pernicious something like this can become, as even well meaning people get sucked in, along the lines of: “if you are trained to find something, you will find it.” And now this is happening in other branches of Western science that are fast becoming “narrative based”…

      Sorry about the “nit-picking” but I just thought I would expand on your comment. Lysenkoism seems so absurd on its face, but how it was implemented and how it resulted in the starvation of millions is quite complex. Once the idea “took hold”, it became a self sustaining cyclone, that was almost impossible to get out of.

      An amazing story. IMHO”

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        another ian

        And

        “Perhaps you would like to know David Zaruk (if you don’t know him already). He runs a very interesting site called “The risk monger”. One of his texts explains why he, a researcher, does not publish in perr-reviewed journals:

        https://risk-monger.com/2020/07/31/why-i-dont-publish-in-peer-reviewed-journals/

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        OldOzzie

        China’s power shortfalls begin to ripple around world

        A power crunch on a scale unseen in more than a decade is laying bare the impact of Beijing’s changing policy priorities.

        China is struggling with widespread power shortfalls, dealing a blow to the recovery of the second-largest economy and risking disruption to global supply chains and heightened inflationary pressure around the world.

        The power crunch, on a scale unseen in more than a decade, highlights how some of Beijing’s changing policy priorities, including its effort to limit carbon emissions, can ripple through a global economy that has been reshaped by the pandemic.

        “There’ll be a cascading effect,” said Mike Beckham, Oklahoma-based co-founder and CEO of Simple Modern, which makes products such as insulated water bottles and backpacks, “As we started to comprehend the ramifications of what’s happening, we realised that this is potentially bigger than anything we’ve seen in our business careers.”

        Last week, one of Mr. Beckham’s main suppliers, based in Quzhou city in eastern China, was told by the local government that it could only operate four days a week, instead of the usual six. In addition, it must adhere to a power-usage cap, which cuts the capacity of the factory by about one-third as a result.

        Mr. Beckham anticipates U.S. retail prices for many products could increase by as much as 15% next spring, as appetite from retailers stays strong.

        The shortages reflect a combination of factors. Coal prices have surged because of a shortage of domestic coal supplies, made worse by import cuts from Australia and Mongolia. That has prompted power stations to reduce output to avoid losses because of official caps on their selling prices.

        Meanwhile, from the top, Beijing is seeking to enforce energy-efficiency targets, leading to officially sanctioned reductions in energy usage by some industries.

        At the same time, demand for electricity has soared since the end in April 2020 of China’s pandemic-induced shutdown, as factories increased production to meet rising consumer demand in the West.

        The power crunch in China adds to a global energy squeeze that risks upsetting the post-pandemic recovery.

        The China power crunch also risks heaping further pressure on global supply chains by pushing up prices for raw materials and essential components.

        “Global markets will feel the pinch of a shortage of supply from textiles, toys to machine parts,” wrote Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura Holdings, in a note to clients on Monday. He added that the resulting supply shock will likely further push up global inflation, especially in developed markets such as the U.S. The power curbs have hit parts of China’s manufacturing bases, including those that produce semiconductor-related goods. A global shortage of semiconductors this year has already hit car makers and other industries.

        Steve Cooke, managing director of Cre8tive Brand Ideas Ltd., a Solihull, England-based distributor of promotional merchandise such as branded bags, clothing, pens and computer accessories, said he relies on suppliers who source 80% of their products from China. Already this year, rising freight costs and supply-chain bottlenecks have pushed up his costs and lengthened delivery times for his customers. He said he expects those pressures to intensify as the power crunch squeezes production.

        “We rely so much on China, it’s incredible,” he said.

        Over the past week, some residential areas in northeastern China experienced blackouts for hours. Traffic lights were even turned off. Factories in manufacturing regions were ordered to cut back on operating hours or even shut down for a week. In the southern cities Guangzhou and Shenzhen, officials cancelled lighting show extravaganzas during the week long National Day holiday, which began on Friday. By Tuesday, 22 of China’s 34 provincial-level administrative units had experienced different degrees of load-shedding measures, according to IHS Markit.

        Power rationing began in some Chinese provinces in late August but started to spread across the country in mid-September, when it began to hit households in northeastern China, which experienced sudden blackouts.

        Newcastle thermal coal, a global benchmark for the variety burned to generate power, last week breached record levels set during the 2008 global financial crisis to top $201 a metric ton, up 141% from the start of the year. Prices of higher-grade metallurgical coal, used for steelmaking, are up 158% from the start of the year to a record $615 a metric ton in China, nearly twice its last high set in 2016.

        The domestic shortfall of coal has been exacerbated by an unofficial Chinese ban on imports of coal from Australia, previously a major supplier, since late last year over Canberra’s call for an independent global inquiry into the origins of Covid-19. Imports from Australia and other countries generally account for up to 10% of Chinese coal consumption.

        In addition, lower-than-usual supply of renewable energy has exacerbated the power supply issue in some provinces. The southwestern province of Yunnan, which produces hydropower, has been struggling with droughts throughout the year. In China’s Northeast, output from wind farms was extremely low for a few days due to the weather.

        China’s economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission said Wednesday it would increase coal production, import more coal, increase domestic gas production and pass through some higher energy costs to end-users.

        The power shortage, on top of ongoing shipping bottlenecks and strict limits on travel into China, has also prompted Mr. Beckham of Simple Modern to evaluate the viability of moving some production back to the U.S. as the business environment in China has grown increasingly unpredictable.

        “The party in China always prioritizes its objectives. As an outsider, it’s often hard to understand their motives,” he said.

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    David+Wojick

    How about a Green Whopper Award for truly absurd claims? Here is my candidate:

    “This year alone, one in three Americans experienced a climate change-induced disaster…”

    From FOE, as in foe.

    From: “O’Neill, Jayson”
    Subject: MEMO: Big Oil Subsidies Are Wrong Direction On Climate Change
    Date: October 1, 2021 at 9:02:16 AM PDT
    To: “O’Neill, Jayson”

    Memorandum

    To: Interested Parties
    Re: Big Oil Subsidies Are Wrong Direction On Climate Change
    From: Friends of the Earth
    Date: Friday, October 1, 2021

    In the face of devastating impacts by climate change to American lives and livelihoods, Congress has continued to keep billions in tax breaks and subsidies flowing to climate changing and polluting Big Oil corporations. The warming climate reality is clear and excellerating. This year alone, one in three Americans experienced a climate change-induced disaster that has cost taxpayers hundreds of billions in emergency and clean up costs, and hundreds of billions more in lost economic activity.

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    another ian

    “Confirmed – all 5 global temperature anomaly measurement systems reject NOAA’s July 2021 “hottest month ever” hype”

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2021/10/01/confirmed-all-5-global-temperature-anomaly-measurement-systems-reject-noaas-july-2021-hottest-month-ever-hype/

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      Greg in NZ

      NZ’s NIWA prophesied a ‘warmer than average’ spring: so far it’s hardly stopped snowing with widespread sub-zero temps, culminating with freezing FROSTS in both islands on the 1st of October. What do you call an ‘expert’ who continuously gets it wrong…

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    yarpos

    Just reading an EV fanboy article about Volvo offering the Polestar EV in Australia for a “surprisingly affordable” $65k. I guess that seems cheap against the stupidly priced Tesla at $80k, but less so a range of other 4 door cars from $30-40k. He then went on to say how features had been cut back to achieve that low low $65k price tag.

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      Graeme No.3

      What did they cut down on? Range, reliability or a radio that is only tuned to the ABC?

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        OriginalSteve

        No ..a light weight extension cord….

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        yarpos

        Gizmology now considered standard is instead in a set of tiered option packs. Yes a basic sound system is one thing but collision alert/avoidance and adaptive cruise is another.

        The 65k price is the poverty pack model (rolls eyes)

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      Travis T. Jones

      Cop26 to have 50 Tesla’s, and diesel generators to be installed at hotel to charge them.

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      Yonniestone.

      ‘how features had been cut back to achieve that low low $65k price tag.’

      Unlike Tesla you don’t get,

      – Sustainably sourced slave labour rare earth metals.
      – A virtue signal so big Captain Planet turns up.
      – Range anxiety that causes mild performance anxiety.
      – Repair costs that won’t bankrupt you (just).
      – The patent Tesla loud “DING” when the occupants are done.

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      Annie

      ‘Affordable’?! Nice joke to us, even a new ICE car is not for us! We buy secondhand and like our 2010 Volvo XC70 for country running around. Much better fuel consumption than our old gone-to-Pathfinder-heaven car, much as we liked that one.

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      Forrest Gardener

      Every so often Senator Paul gets a good clean hit in against the swamp. This is one of those times. The world needs more like him.

      And note the immunity from accountability for those who gain their power from the swamp.

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    Erasmus

    From Poweline Blog, How Crazy Are The Democrats?
    “ So who is Ms. Omarova, whom Joe Biden wants to “charter, regulate and supervise all national banks”? She is not a banker, but a professor at Cornell Law School. Sadly, these days being a law school professor is rarely a positive recommendation. (Sorry, Glenn and Bill.) The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board wrote about the Omarova nomination today:

    She graduated from Moscow State University in 1989 on the Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship.

    You can’t make this stuff up. And she still yearns for the USSR, which you can get away with as a law professor–although, to be fair, she also has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, which might be a worse black mark:”
    Read it all!
    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/09/how-crazy-are-the-democrats-this-crazy-3.php

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    el+gordo

    This sharp La Nina would normally be followed by El Nino, but I’m betting it will linger in neutral throughout 2022.

    https://notrickszone.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/ENSO-2021-Oct-1st.png

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    Travis T. Jones

    FYI: Australian government/TGA

    COVID-19 vaccine weekly safety report – 30-9-2021

    https://www.tga.gov.au/periodic/covid-19-vaccine-weekly-safety-report-30-09-2021

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      Brenda Spence

      Quote: empasis mine.

      Large scale vaccination means that coincidentally some people will experience a new illness or die within a few days or weeks of vaccination. 

      The TGA reviews all deaths reported in people who have been vaccinated. As the number of vaccinated people has increased, so has reporting of fatal events with a coincidental association with vaccination. This does not indicate a link between vaccination and the fatalities reported. Review of individual reports and patterns of reporting does not suggest the vaccines played a role in these deaths.

      Since the beginning of the vaccine rollout to 26 September 2021, over 26.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been given. So far, the TGA has found 9 reports of death that were linked to immunisation from 564 reports received and reviewed. The overwhelming majority of deaths reported to the TGA following vaccination occurred in people aged 65 years and older. The deaths linked to immunisation occurred after the first dose of Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca) – 8 were TTS cases and one was a case of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP).

      (How to fudge the figures)

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        Vicki

        Noticed that, Brenda!

        I was reading some comments of rural nurses on social media in respect to the large number of exacerbations of complaints following vaccination that they were seeing. These are in addition to adverse effects in previously healthy people.

        They reported that superiors seemed uninterested in reporting these – or not aware of procedures.

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        Forrest Gardener

        The use of copious amounts of word salad to avoid factual accuracy is one of my pet hates. The drone who composed that TGA report should be ashamed but will be promoted.

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      Vicki

      The TGA Safety Report kindly supplied by Travis T. Jones in the above link is very instructive.

      It reports the total of 64,293 adverse events from all vaccines administered in Australia represent 2.4 per 1,000 doses

      Now, does everyone recall when the first blood clotting occurred as a result of AZ that the authorities immediately attempted to allay community fears by condescendingly explaining that they only represented 1 adverse reaction per 100,000 doses?

      Now, they said, imagine the MCG stadium with 100,000 people – well, they said, the blood clotting would only occur to one person in that big crowd.

      Well, on their own figures, the adverse reactions for 100,000 (admittedly for all CV vaccines, not just AZ) are, in fact, 240 per 100,000 people.

      Maths is not my strong point, so please tell me if I am wrong.

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        Tilba+Tilba

        Your chances of having an “adverse event” as a result of having the vaccine (AZ or the others) still remains far far less, than the possibility of having a very adverse event if you actually contract Covid-19 because you are unvaccinated.

        So it is your choice … as a 69yo even with no obvious co-morbidities, I was very happy with the much better odds offered by AZ. Always bet on the favourite!

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          Bozotheclown

          If 240 people died in a stadium of 100,000 form some exposure it would be chaos and you know it Tilba!

          You also know that the “vaccine” is not reliable and efficacy over time is apparently very poor.

          I got the jab, the second jab BUT I will probably not get any more.

          As a side note I am not antiVAX! Me and all my children have had every important vax as they grew up.

          This “NON vax” is not the same and with the frightening reports, the more they push to get IT the less faith I have in it.

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          Hanrahan

          Your chances of having an “adverse event” as a result of having the vaccine (AZ or the others) still remains far far less, than the possibility of having a very adverse event if you actually contract Covid-19 because you are unvaccinated.

          Ya think???? I don’t.

          The threat from rona is that you get sick, some sick enough to die if infirm, unhealthy. OK.

          The threat from the jab is that you may die .

          Not only but also a young fit person can suffer permanent heart damage, blindness, lung damage, miscarriage in the first trimester up from 10% to 80% etc. It’s like medical bingo.

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          yarpos

          “Always bet on the favourite!” for the lowest possible return

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    Neville

    I must admit that the ongoing nonsense from the yappers and urgers surprises me and like the Boris and Biden donkeys etc they don’t worry about silly things like DATA and EVIDENCE.

    Here’s the latest press release from the “National Irrigator’s Council” and the link. They couldn’t be more WRONG and yet this is supposed to pass for science. Just to fix the most relevant error for them, the ENTIRE SH is already a NET ZERO SINK according to the CSIRO. See Cape Grim “Seasonal Variation”.

    But somebody should respond to their nonsense point by point. Here’s their press release and link.

    https://www.irrigators.org.au/waters-case-for-net-zero/

    “Water’s case for Net Zero”

    by Admin | 29 September 2021

    “Australia’s climate is changing and farmers are at the frontlines, which is why we need net zero by 2050, writes Isaac Jeffrey, Chief Executive Officer, National Irrigators’ Council.

    Our climate is changing. The dry areas of our country are getting drier and we are already experiencing less rain and inflows into our river systems. We are seeing more extreme and frequent weather events brought on by our changing climate. These trends are set to continue, coupled with rising global temperatures on track to potentially exceed two degrees.

    To put it into perspective, the last ice age was just five degrees lower than our historical averages and had catastrophic consequences. A two-to-three degree rise will have major impacts on irrigated agriculture, food chains, trade, the environment and local communities as water security deteriorates. In the most extreme case, it will risk global health, food and national security.

    All water users will be impacted. It will mean less water for food and fibre production, for First Nations, for local communities and for the environment. There needs to be measured and balanced responses to these challenges, and we must confront them together and share the opportunities, risks and burdens.

    Australia’s farmers continue to be at the forefront of leading adaptation and responses to drought and climate change, but they cannot be left to pay the entire cost alone, especially when much of the change is being brought about by other higher emitting industries.

    Government policies to address climate change must recognise agriculture’s potential as a mass carbon-sink. Irrigated agriculture can become a large part of the solution. The nation and the world can only reach net zero if the capacity of agriculture to sequester carbon in the soil is intelligently harnessed.

    To be part of the solution, agriculture must be able to operate in a stable and practical policy environment. It needs the right policies in place, so it can continue to feed and clothe Australia, while earning export income and sequestering carbon.

    Australia must also acknowledge other countries are changing and we risk being left behind. No longer are people willing to standby and hope the science is wrong. Nations are taking action and launching programs to help their people make the transition and to encourage others into action.

    The European Union has already signalled intentions to limit trade with nations not doing their bit. Australian farmers and our economy will suffer, and we may miss out on valuable export opportunities, should other nations adopt similar policies. We also risk an imbalanced playing field and uncompetitive global market if other countries are investing in new technologies to support their industries, while Australia is not.

    I’m a realist. I understand the argument that our contribution to global emissions is small compared to other countries. However, if we can do our bit, we can more easily and credibly ask others to do theirs.

    Governments and industry need to work together to find the solutions and ease the burdens. We need sensible education programs, funding for research and development, and investment which sustains and create jobs, and assists the transition.

    All Australian businesses, including our farmers, need confidence to invest and make decisions, which can only be delivered by sound climate, energy and environmental policies. The time for partisanship and politicking is over, it’s now time for Australia to act. It might not be easy, but it is the right thing to do, and it will be vital to ensure Australia can continue to feed and clothe our people and the world”.

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      Neville

      AGAIN here’s the CSIRO Cape Grim quote under “Seasonal variation”.

      https://www.csiro.au/en/research/natural-environment/atmosphere/Latest-greenhouse-gas-data

      “Seasonal variation”

      “Carbon dioxide concentrations show seasonal variations (annual cycles) that vary according to global location and altitude. Several processes contribute to carbon dioxide annual cycles: for example, uptake and release of carbon dioxide by terrestrial plants and the oceans, and the transport of carbon dioxide around the globe from source regions (the Northern Hemisphere is a net source of carbon dioxide, the Southern Hemisphere a net sink).

      The Cape Grim baseline carbon dioxide data displayed show both the annual cycle and the long-term trend”.

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        el+gordo

        … and this is simply wrong headed.

        ‘This air is free from recent human and terrestrial influences and is very well mixed, meaning it represents the background or ‘baseline’ atmospheric composition for the mid-latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere. The long-term changes in baseline atmospheric composition are the principal drivers of climate change.’

        The principle drivers are the oceanic oscillations.

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      Strop

      From their web page.

      NIC members are not individual irrigators directly, but their respective representative organisations.

      Seems they don’t really represent farmers. I wonder how much farmer support there is for such statements and goals of net zero.

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      Graeme No.3

      It seems the author needs to read up on “Climate Science”. Warmer weather is supposed to cause more evaporation hence more rainfall (leading to Mann Made catastrophic floods etc.).
      And did anyone see the disguised claim for more money for farmers?

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      Ian George

      Neville,
      ‘Our climate is changing. The dry areas of our country are getting drier and we are already experiencing less rain and inflows into our river systems.’
      I wonder if they have even looked at the data.
      There were far more drought years prior to 1970 than after.
      http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/change/#tabs=Tracker&tracker=timeseries&tQ=graph%3Drranom%26area%3Daus%26season%3D0112%26ave_yr%3D0.

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    David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

    For thems as is interested:
    I had another blood test done on Thursday Sept 23, just for vitamin D levels, to get an end of winter reading. Was delighted to find that serum level had actually increased a bit, from 66.8 to 71.6 ng/ml (167 to 179 nmols/L). Not quite my new target level of 80 ng/ml, but better than a decrease.
    That’s on a constant 10,000 IU per day for the past 12 months, and I’m planning to keep up that regime at least until my next test. (No sun exposure to augment D naturally as I cover up against various nasties when I’m outside. Wouldn’t want to frighten the kangaroos.)

    I still can’t claim success against COVID as, to the best of my knowledge, I’ve not been exposed to it at all.

    Cheers
    Dave B

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      Wirebird

      Recommended levels for Vitamin D seem to vary. I think some of them might only be the level needed to prevent rickets! MEDCRAM (which I find credible) said that Vitamin D below 75 nmol/L (below 30 ng/ml) is deficient, 75-125 nmols (30-50 ngms) is insufficient, 126 – 175 nmols (51-70 ngms) is optimal, 176 – 250 nmols (71-100 ngms) is used in treatment for cancer and heart (don’t know how), more than 250 nmols (more than 100 ngms) is too high.
      So, according to that score, Dave-of-Cooyal can relax because he seems to be at optimal level, with our thanks for his past and current mentions of Vitamin D. I think Australia generally measures Vitamin D in nanomols per litre of blood, rather than nanigrams per millilitre. I understand that it can only get too high from supplements, not from the sun (which somehow self-regulates).

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        Thanks W,
        Sounds like I backed the wrong horse on my selection of the unit, probably from mis-reading the first serious reference I encountered, and I’ve not chased that history.
        I also like Medcram and agree with his numbers for “deficient”, and “insufficient” which are greater than some earlier authors, but I’ve avoided using those terms because of the differences.
        And yes, I am relaxed about COVID, but terrified about the political/medical/bureaucratical mess I might get caught in, as I think that could be both painful and fatal.
        Other than that, all is well.
        Cheers
        Dave B

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          Wirebird

          Seems to me D of C could relax about Vitamin D (apart from topping up with some daily UV on bare skin even if it does frighten the kangaroos) but I don’t think anyone should relax about COVID!
          I took 5000 IU of D3 daily for a year to go from 30 to 130 nmols but now using the sun for fine-tuning. I think 15 mins of midday sun is OK in Melbourne at present. This Australian UV map may assist people to judge how much time they need to get sun without burning (which apparently is unhelpful to the Vitamin D-making process).
          http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/climate_averages/uv-index/index.jsp?period=oct#maps

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    Neville

    Just for the Irrigators Council….

    AGAIN here’s the world’s co2
    emissions since 1970.
    China+India +other developing countries co2 emissions have soared since 1990.
    And the COMBINED EU + USA emissions haven’t increased since 1970 and are now lower than 1990.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_carbon_dioxide_emissions#/media/File:World_fossil_carbon_dioxide_emissions_six_top_countries_and_confederations.png

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    Neville

    More for the Irrigators’ Council….

    Here’s BOM Aussie rainfall since 1900 and note the much higher trend after 1970. AVERAGE line drawn on the graph.
    The period from 1922 to 1948 was much lower , also 1957 to 1970.
    A very bad drought in 2019 but 2020 above average and 2021 will be well above the average of 466 mm a year.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/change/timeseries.cgi?graph=rain&area=aus&season=0112&ave_yr=A

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    Neville

    More for Irrigators’ Council…..

    Here’s Eastern Aust rainfall and note that 1922 to 1948 lower rainfall plus 1957 to 1970 plus the period from 1895 to 1902 inclusive was the very bad FED drought.
    Average line of 623 mm drawn again.
    AGAIN this year 2021 will be much higher than average.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/change/timeseries.cgi?graph=rain&area=eaus&season=0112&ave_yr=A

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    el+gordo

    Stranded thermal coal finds a home.

    ‘India is buying Australian coal that has been stranded inside China for months, according to people who have made the purchases, spotlighting how geopolitics is complicating Beijing’s battle against an energy supply crisis.

    ‘The fuel is being bought at a US$12-$15 a ton discount to fresh shipments from Australia and is some of the cheapest thermal coal relative to its quality on the market, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorised to speak with the press.

    ‘Indian cement makers and sponge iron plants are among buyers that are using the supplies to bridge domestic shortfalls.’ (SCMP)

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    Neville

    More for the Irrigators’ Council….

    Here’s WA rainfall since 1900 and note the lower rainfall 1933 to 1970 and the much higher trend from 1992 to 2020. But again 2019 was a bad drought year.
    WA average rainfall is about 342 mm a year. And latest O’Donnell 2021 study has found that SW WA (663 mm yr) since 1900 has been the highest rainfall for the last 700 years.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/change/timeseries.cgi?graph=rain&area=wa&season=0112&ave_yr=A

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      Graeme#4

      As somebody pointed out, the reduction in runoff into Perth dams far exceeds the rainfall reduction. Apparently the runoff reduction is the result of insufficient undergrowth clearing in the Perth hills.

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    M Allinson

    Dobber

    A finger-flailing proglob dobber
    Dressed in A-grade proglob clobber,
    Masked and shielded to the gills
    With eyes demanding what she wills,
    Assailed me in the canned goods aisle,
    And finger-flailed me quite a while.

    I saw you just re-shelf that can
    Of Baked Beans with an ungloved hand.
    That can of beans you now must buy
    Or risk it makes another die.

    With hands on hips she glared at me,
    A power-lust loon on a dobbing spree.

    Needless to say I walked away
    And as I did I heard her say:
    Someone call the manager, quick,
    This man wants someone to get sick.

    It’s sad for some, but oh boy,
    This virus brings the dobbers joy.

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      very good M

      but you forgot that then she goes to the teller who is protected by a plastic screen who handles all the groceries that she has handled with no adverse reaction at all LOL

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    Neville

    For Irrigators’ council….

    Note the lower NT rainfall trend from 1900 to about 1972 and much higher trend since that time.
    The average for the NT since 1900 is 545 mm year.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/change/timeseries.cgi?graph=rain&area=nt&season=0112&ave_yr=A

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    John Connor II

    Well..to start off on a humorous note:
    AAMI run vaccination ad and then get a phone call.

    https://rumble.com/vn5ab7-commistralia-aami-insurance-company-published-vaccine-ad-then-received-a-ph.html
    Now for Woolies!

    A good video expressing the real sentiment:
    Ex police officer’s message to Australian police.

    https://rumble.com/vmzyur-ex-police-senior-constable-message-to-all-police-officer-in-australia.html

    Fair work Commission ruling on mandated covid shot.
    A deputy president of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has railed against mandatory vaccinations in an extraordinary dissenting judgment, labelling such a decree for employees akin to “medical apartheid”.
    https://nationworldnews.com/fair-work-commission-upholds-dismissal-of-anti-vax-aged-care-worker-who-refused-flu-shot/

    Could a simple saline solution stop COVID and maybe all viruses?
    https://www.cracknewz.com/2021/09/religious-scholar-explains-why-our.html

    Oxford University study finds fully vaccinated Healthcare workers carry 251 times viral load compared to the unvaccinated.

    While moderating the symptoms of infection, the jab allows vaccinated individuals to carry unusually high viral loads without becoming ill at first, potentially transforming them into
    Presymptomatic Superspreaders.
    This phenomenon may be the source of the shocking post-vaccination surges in heavily vaccinated populations globally.
    The papers authors, Chau et al, demonstrated widespread vaccine failure and transmission under tightly controlled circumstances in a hospital lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
    The scientists studied healthcare workers who were unable to leave the hospital for two weeks. The data showed that fully vaccinated workers about two months after injection with the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222) acquired, carried and presumably transmitted the Delta variant to their vaccinated colleagues.
    They almost certainly also passed the Delta infection to susceptible unvaccinated people, including their patients. Sequencing of strains confirmed the workers transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to one another.
    This is consistent with the observations in the U.S. from Farinholt and colleagues, and congruent with comments by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conceding COVID-19 vaccines have failed to stop transmission of SARS-CoV-2.
    On Feb. 11, the World Health Organization indicated the AZD1222 vaccine efficacy of 63.09% against the development of symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection. The conclusions of the Chau paper support the warnings by leading medical experts that the partial, non-sterilizing immunity from the three notoriously leaky COVID-19 vaccines allow carriage of 251 times the viral load of SARS-CoV-2 as compared to samples from the pre-vaccination era in 2020.
    Thus, we have a key piece to the puzzle explaining why the Delta outbreak is so formidable fully vaccinated are participating as COVID-19 patients and acting as powerful Typhoid Mary-style super-spreaders of the infection.
    Vaccinated individuals are blasting out concentrated viral explosions into their communities and fueling new COVID surges. Vaccinated healthcare workers are almost certainly infecting their coworkers and patients, causing horrendous collateral damage.
    Continued vaccination will only make this problem worse, particularly among frontline doctors and nurses workers who are caring for vulnerable patients.
    Health systems should drop vaccine mandates immediately, take stock of COVID-19 recovered workers who are robustly immune to Delta and consider the ramifications of their current vaccinated healthcare workers as potential threats to high risk patients and coworkers.

    https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3897733
    Ssrn

    P.S. The FBI has requested data on thousands of Protonmail accounts so if you have one it woukd pay to do a clean out of anything inflammatory.

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    Neville

    For Irrigators council…..

    Note the trend for our driest state of SA since 1900. Average rainfall since 1900 is just 223 mm a year.

    And from 1922 there was a period of 17 CONSECUTIVE years below average rainfall. And rainfall today is higher than those earlier times.

    http://www.bom.gov.au/cgi-bin/climate/change/timeseries.cgi?graph=rain&area=sa&season=0112&ave_yr=A

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      Graeme No.3

      A curious graph; I recall that the mid-1960’s were 3 years of below average rainfall in Adelaide with the last year being driest with half the long term average, and they were in a sequence (roughly 17, 14 , then 10.5 in inches). Doesn’t appear in that graph so we must have had rain in uninhabited areas of SA.

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    Philip

    I am astonished at Dan Andrews’ vaccine mandate. I’m just thankful I don’t live there.

    Ive also spent a lot of time arguing Australia is not in a state of tyranny, as many overseas folks view it as. I guess I might have been wrong.

    Australian’s political complacency and compliance to law I generally find beneficial, but if they accept this mandate would be one of its negatives.

    I am the only person remaining that I know who is not vaccinated. I doubt if some Dan style law came to NSW anyone would hear my case anyway.

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      M. Allinson

      Just reading an article on Conservative tactics at Gates Of Vienna:

      “And Leviathan [Deep State] is very skilled at psychological warfare. That’s what we’re seeing now. The heavy-handed push for a forced vax is a deliberate psy-ops strategy designed to bring the patriots onto the field bearing arms, with every fifth man being a federal government plant.”

      https://gatesofvienna.net/2021/10/what-would-vladimir-ilyich-do/

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        Philip

        Yes I could conceive of that being Andrews’ actual thoughts, smoke them out, provoke and arrest and/or shoot.

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      Brenda Spence

      Nope, we are the control group.😉

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        Environment Skeptic

        The ultimate sacrifice…me too!!..i am in the control group tooooo!!

        For a moment i thought i was alone!!

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        Flok

        More of a charitable group that selflessly gives own vaccines to those that “desperately” want them.

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      Tilba+Tilba

      Australian’s political complacency and compliance to law I generally find beneficial, but if they accept this mandate would be one of its negatives.

      Yes – I agree – Australians generally are pretty laid-back and not too stressed by politics, and our democracy benefits hugely from it. Instead of wild demos and bullets, we have a sausage sizzle and cake-stall at our polling places. There is no need for hatred, passion and zealotry – we are The Lucky Country, after all.

      However I don’t like mandatory vaccination outside of specific and obvious industries, but Daniel Andrews (in fact all premiers and Scotty from Marketing) have bet the farm on vaccines, so that’s where the push is.

      I also couldn’t care less what those overseas think of us – in almost all cases they have poor or incorrect information anyway.

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      Yonniestone.

      We knew this was coming so a few of us at work have prepared a legal defense to counter, its all bluff and completely illegal and we won’t stand for a nobody pollie POS trying to remove what little freedoms we have left, time to fight and reclaim our lives!

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      there has been footage released in Melbourne showing after the protesters have left an area the undercover coppers who run back to the police at their cars ect… giving them intel, more than likely photo’s of the protesters
      l’m sure anyone who lives in a state that is having no problems when protesting having police walk with you would think that we Australians in Vic and parts of NSW are not living under draconian leadership dictators, a police state or tyranny
      but turn off the tv and get your news from the small independents like Rebel news Avi Yemini, the real Rukshan, Rod Culletons great Australian party, Melbourne detective media and there are plenty of others to get the real news story,
      l am sick to death of hearing MSM have headlines like “The Anti Vaxxers Had an unsuccessful Protest today”
      what rot, the protesters are protesting mandates not vaccines and freedoms, there is no reason to sling slam or shoot any of your unarmed citizens ever, especially using international police under Dans “Strong Cities Network” deal

      heres one to watch from Avi
      https://www.facebook.com/RebelNewsAU/videos/598841894473593

      watch this one from Rod Cullerton, have a good look at 1:00 where a guy who was pushing a wheelchair bound person is dropped and hit repeatedly with a pump action shotgun as well as the other bystander who is held down while the other drops the knee on him a few times then tell me there is no tyranny and they were not protesters, ​
      are you afraid to walk the street? are you afraid of the police? can you imagine how many protesters there would be if there were no $5k fines or random bashings and shootings from the police?
      https://www.facebook.com/greataustralianparty/videos/391011655841094/

      when you have a park full of hundreds of Melbourne football fans one day partying and nothing but the next day fifty nurses do a silent protest at the same park and the police turn up
      https://www.rebelnews.com/police_move_in_to_force_health_workers_out_of_protesting_in_melbourne?fbclid=IwAR092pwz3GWBGNUXmQtCfspwvVQclPOI3yDs5dsuKi7rroB4ZGuC3K8Ev8w

      there are court cases in NSW and Vic going on about the unlawful mandates Phillip and they so far have been going very well
      l have heard of two that were settled out of court in favour of the workers, one being a NSW police woman
      so just because it is ok in your area at the moment does not mean Australia is not in a state of tyranny

      carry on over LOL sry

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    el+gordo

    You are free to join the 20% who go unvaccinated, a social pariah.

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      RightOverLabour

      At least we will still be alive, unlike those doomed to die….. Rather a social pariah than an ex social anything…

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      Philip

      I think Australia will be 90 percent vaccinated easily, so its only 10 percent and probably less. If above 5 – 12 yr olds are vaccinated en masse anywhere, it will be Australia to do it.

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        John+R+Smith

        “5 – 12 yr olds are vaccinated en masse’

        Requesting perspective on how this is possibly merited.
        So we will vax children, without certainty of long term consequences, to protect the old?
        And the adult obese.
        I am old.
        Gladly assume risk.
        Leave the kids alone.
        This is a potential crime of historic proportion.

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        Hanrahan

        If you can’t slow the spread at 60-70% jabbed, then why do you think 90% will work?

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      M.Allinson

      Yes, we shall wear little yellow stars sewn onto our clothing and you can abuse us and throw stones as we walk past.

      But what does that make you?

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        el+gordo

        Its unhelpful and irrelevant bringing up the past, let us focus on the future.

        Individuals who are anti vaccination will be named and shamed as selfish by family and friends. Avoided like the plague because of their beliefs.

        The vaccination of children is unlikely to become mandatory.

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          Yonniestone.

          This has to be dark satire or at least an attempt at it?

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            el+gordo

            A dark satirist in company with Jonathan Swift. I wish.

            On the ground, anecdotal evidence is filtering in that the unvaccinated are being shunned. Good friendships torn asunder over a matter of principle, its a first world problem.

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              Annie

              That’s where one discovers one’s true friends, who respect each other’s beliefs, even where they differ.

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                Annie

                ‘Good friendships’ should not be able to be torn asunder over a matter of principle.

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                el+gordo

                Maybe, a couple of ladies of my acquaintance would go on walks together and enjoyed each other’s company, but that is now a thing of the past.

                As society returns to normal, will the unvaccinated be denied entry to restaurants? Will they remain isolates on a matter of principle?

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              Hanrahan

              I see where you are coming from, and going.

              If you were my friend I’d unfriend you too.

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              M. Allinson

              Just received an email from Service NSW:

              Unvaccinated people, or those who have only received one vaccine dose will not be able to do everything a fully vaccinated person can do, you will not be able to:

              visit friends or family in their homes

              access non-critical retail

              attend weddings with more than 5 guests

              go back to some workplaces

              go out to pubs, or visit other premises which are open only to vaccinated customers.

              No mention as yet about the little yellow stars.

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                yarpos

                good to see the pub/beer barn culture is still the thing in NSW, even Service NSW has to address it.

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                el+gordo

                Think of it as brownie points, instead of yellow stars.

                By Xmas everyone will be out and about, vaccinated and unvaccinated mingling together, no passports.

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    el+gordo

    The pause continues unabated.

    ‘HadCRUT4 has at last updated its surface-temperature record to August 2021, showing no global warming for 7 years 6 months. For almost all the period between IPCC’s 2013 and 2021 Assessment Reports, there has been no global warming at all.’ (wuwt)

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      clarence.t

      The only actual atmospheric warming has come at the three big El Nino events, 1979, 1998 and 2015-2017

      Pauses between them….

      … and a new pause started, and will extend as a series of La Ninas takes hold, and the AMO and PDO shift to colder parts of their cycles.

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        el+gordo

        I’m having trouble with the AMO, throughout the LIA it seemed fairly positive.

        The hiatus should continue for another decade with La Nina conditions, similar to the 1950s, as the PDO returns to its negative state. This of course means floods in the MDB.

        World temperature will remain subdued even as CO2 continues to rise. We now have the warmists on the run and we aren’t taking prisoners.

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    TedM

    Dr. Harvey Risch analyses studies on HCQ and Ivermectin.

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    Analitik

    Molnupiravir has been touted as a “new” drug that is miraculously effective against CoViD-19, halving hospitalisations. Merkx has been pursuing studies (while actively trashing ivermectin, that being off patent) and is now pushing for emergency approval.

    Interestingly, the wikipedia page for it has been sanitised to remove any references prior to 2020 to reinforce the impression that it is new. In fact, I can no longer find ANY references to molnupiravir using Google or DuckDuckGo that do not mention it in conjunction with CoViD-19. Any doubt on there being a pharmaceutical conspiracy has been well and truly eliminated.

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    so now Polish politicians are protesting under the Australian embassy over human rights issues
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuOWLNtJd8I
    l have seen the UK and US talking about sanctions against Australia, US Gov Desantis was very critical
    what l dont understand is the Australians who have a carry on about Hong Kong but think what is happening in Victoria is reasonable, l just do not get it

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    Hanrahan

    The US gov has bought 1.7 mill doses for UD$1.2 bill or $700/dose.

    IVM is so effective that Merck could modify the compound enough to make a brand new drug which when trialled against a control getting “standard treatment”, ie nothing, is VERY effective. No one would ask for the control to be treated with IVM hence even if only half as good as IVM it would still be a roaring success

    Many here, me included, wait for the return of Trump, but he is in thrall of big pharma so he would not be an agent of change.

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    CHRIS

    Clarence is correct. Once La Nina takes hold, as is happening in Australia right now, global cooling is just around the corner. It looks like the MWP may be coming to an end. If we have another LIA in the 22-24 Century (which I think is almost inevitable), then I hope that humans are ready to cope with it (although, noting the rubbish that is going on now about AGW, I doubt it).

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      el+gordo

      This modern climate optimum is showing signs of cooling because of the oceanic oscillations, particularly the PDO trending negative. It seems to have the potential to attract clusters of la Nina, which will cool the planet.

      In the final decades of the MWP there were large icebergs in the North Atlantic, but that isn’t happening on this occasion. Our journey into the LIA may have had something to do with large volcanic eruptions, the debate is ongoing.

      Its worth keeping in mind that the LIA wasn’t universally cold everywhere at the same time, Western Europe enjoyed decades of bountiful agriculture from 1730 to 1780, which indicates that the North Atlantic Oscillation was positive or relatively neutral.

      The remainder of the eighteenth century was colder, with the Thames freezing over again. A meandering jet stream had returned.

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    Lance

    Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions

    https://cei.org/blog/wrong-again-50-years-of-failed-eco-pocalyptic-predictions/

    Why in the world would anyone listen to these clowns?
    The only thing they’ve been right about, is being wrong.

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      Graeme No.3

      The media love “bad news”, it sells their product. Who would buy a newspaper with the headline “Nothing bad today”?

      So they reacted by giving publicity to the doomsayers who predicted immediate disaster, and then “beat up” others e.g. H.H. Lamb made a cautious statement in 1971 that there was a chance that the Earth could descend rapidly into an ice age in 100 years. This wasn’t given much publicity until the long hot summer of 1976 when The Sun newspaper – usually with the subheading “Whoo, what a scorcher!” – wrote it up every few weeks as “Professor claims we are going to freeze” etc. always illustrated with scantily clad models in the Trafalgar pool or elsewhere.

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    Lance

    COVID-19 mortality risk correlates inversely with vitamin D3 status, and a mortality rate close to zero could theoretically be achieved at 50 ng/ml 25(OH)D3: Results of a systematic review and meta-analysis

    https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.09.22.21263977v1.full

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      Custer Van Cleef

      Includes a very good summary of all the wonderful ways Vitamin D contributes to your health.
      A body with the right nutrient levels, should be an anti-viral ecosystem where SARS-CoV2
      gets its arse kicked.

      Is there any reason hospitals can’t give Covid patients an intravenous dose of Calcitriol? (if calcium
      is thought to be a complicating factor, for specific patients, perhaps vitamin K2 can be added).

      I’m sure I read calcitriol is available in many countries, on prescription.

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        Hanrahan

        I’m sure I read calcitriol is available in many countries, on prescription.

        Oral V D is too slow once infection has occurred and YES the injectable form is available. The only way to go once infected.

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          OldOzzie

          daily vitamin D3 supplementation in the range of 4000 to 10,000 units

          been on 2 x 5,000iu daily for over a year (plus Sun) – when I ask for next 6 Blood tests at Hospital Tuesday, will ask if they can add Vit D to tests.

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      OldOzzie

      Thus, daily vitamin D3 supplementation in the range of 4000 to 10,000 units (100 to 250 μg) needed to generate an optimal vitamin D3 blood level in the range of 40–60 ng/ml has been shown to be completely safe when combined with approximately 200 μg/ml vitamin K2 [78–80]. However, this knowledge is still not widespread in the medical community, and obsolete warnings about the risks of vitamin D3 overdoses unfortunately are still commonly circulating.

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        OldOzzie

        Dear Old Cod Liver Oil – My Mother (a nurse) gave it daily to myself and sister

        Cod liver oil is recognized as a natural source of vitamin D3 [28].

        At the time, a blood level of 20 ng/ml was sufficient to stop osteomalacia. This target is still the recommended blood level today, as stated in many official documents [29]. In accordance with many other publications, we will show that this level is considerably too low to guarantee optimal functioning of the human body.

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          Hanrahan

          I had an aviary of budgies as a boy. Dad erroneously fully roofed it and my chicks had splayed legs. Some cod liver oil in the seed fixed that.

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    yarpos

    Try this again, went to moderation and disappeared.

    We give these guys $400M+ foriegn aid every year.

    https://asiapacificreport.nz/2021/10/02/we-made-a-terrible-mistake-over-maseratis-admits-pngs-pundari/

    I have to wonder how anyones thought processes went to Maserati’s in PNG to support hosting an event, and how it could be proposed, reviewed and approved. Beggars belief as a “mistake”

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    M Allinson

    Jordan Peterson takes the jab, but can’t really say why.

    After his recent near-death experience with drugs you would think he would be doing his research regarding this experimental drug trial – but nah, he just leaps in.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHcWTHht1mQ&t=43s

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    John Connor II

    Secretly taped at a bar in Sydney:

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1444058325092503553

    Yep.
    Vic next in…ooohhh…2 weeks…

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    John Connor II

    EXPOSED: Secrets Behind Victoria’s Police State.

    In trying to understand why Australia, and Victoria in particular, seem to be coming under an unusual, and unnecessarily heavy police-state, dig a little deeper, and it becomes obvious as to what’s happening.

    In 2018 Victorian state Premier Daniel Andrews sold out Victoria to an initiative called the Strong Cities Network (SCN). Moreover, Melbourne, under Premier Andrews’ leadership, was host to SCN’s 2018 global summit, the same year Andrews signed over the entire state of Victoria to the globalist initiative.

    https://xyz.net.au/2021/09/exposed-secrets-behind-victorias-police-state/

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      Hanrahan

      If you think this is something new, you haven’t been paying attention. Australia has been on the slippery slope to become a nanny state for 50 years. Howard taking away our guns was the great leap forward.

      The descriptor “Karen” may be new but they have been with us for a long time.

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    OldOzzie

    NSW is Screwed

    Dominic Perrottet’s push to fulfil ambition of becoming NSW Premier

    Dominic Perrottet has promised to shake up the NSW Cabinet as the Treasurer battles to claim the title of Premier following an endorsement from former PM John Howard.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has promised to inject new blood into the NSW Cabinet should he fulfil his long-held ambition to become the state’s next premier.

    However, a wide-ranging shuffle will be tempered by party elders remaining in senior positions in order to promote stability.

    Mr Perrottet on Saturday night looked set to claim the leadership after an intervention by former prime minister John Howard.

    Mr Perrottet, who is running with moderate powerbroker Matt Kean as his deputy, was being challenged by Planning Minister Rob Stokes who was counting on votes from Police Minister David Elliott’s centre right faction along with those from the splintered left to get over the line at Tuesday’s party room ballot.

    After Mr Howard came out in support of Mr Perrottet on Saturday afternoon, several of the centre right MPs switched their support to the right-wing candidate.

    Sources close to Mr Perrottet said Mr Elliott, whose faction had been brawling with the right over preselections, was also now behind the Treasurer and Mr Kean.

    It is understood Mr Perrottet and Mr Kean, who is tipped to get the Treasury portfolio, will likely keep him in the police portfolio.

    Working against Mr Stokes on Saturday was a split in the left, with Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres, who while not formally declaring on Saturday, was busy doing his own numbers, while Transport Minister Andrew Constance was also not ruling himself out as a contender.

    On Saturday night, left sources also claimed Attorney-General Mark Speakman — who is also close to former PM John Howard — was planning to nominate on Sunday.

    The move risks further splintering the vote. Mr Stokes made his pitch to the public on Saturday, declaring he was the best choice to get NSW through the rest of the pandemic.

    “I believe my track record during my time in public office makes me the best candidate to lead the NSW Government,” he said, adding he was providing the NSW Liberal party room with “choice”.

    “I have the right balance of experience, vision and integrity needed during this crucial time in our history, as we continue to respond to and recover from the pandemic.”

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      el+gordo

      Mr Kean is tipped to get the Treasury portfolio, a brilliant move by the incoming Premier.

      Kean was becoming obsessed with climate change and needs to be distracted. They are friends, so it looks like a promotion which puts Kean in the box seat to become Premier one day.

      Any ideas on who should get Kean’s vacant portfolio?

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      Hanrahan

      Why is “ambition” a dirty word for a liberal but not for lefties?

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      OldOzzie

      Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is set to succeed Gladys Berejiklian as NSW premier in a deal that will see Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres promoted to the position of deputy leader.

      Supporters of Mr Perrottet said he had secured the majority of caucus votes against his main leadership rival, Planning Minister Rob Stokes, who is understood to have exited the contest after it became clear he could not secure sufficient support.

      Mr Stokes was contacted for comment.

      While the position of premier appeared to be clear in Mr Perrottet’s favour, Liberal Party powerbrokers met on Sunday to iron out final arrangements for the deputy leadership, which was contested between Energy Minister Matt Kean and Jobs Minister Stuart Ayres.

      Mr Ayres, who was canvassing support for his own leadership tilt, will become Mr Perrottet’s deputy under this deal, significantly boosting his profile in his seat of Penrith which he holds with the slimmest of margins.

      Mr Kean, the MP for Hornsby, will be given the treasury portfolio, making him one of the most senior leaders in the incoming government. Other potential leadership contenders, including Attorney General Mark Speakman, did not make further comments on Sunday.
      The elevation of both the conservative-aligned Mr Perrottet and the progressive-aligned Mr Ayres will be finalised at a Liberal party room meeting to be held on Tuesday, with a further reshuffle of cabinet position expected to occur in the coming weeks.
      The developments came at a rapid pace on Sunday and followed an announcement by Transport Minister Andrew Constance that he would exit to stand for preselection for the federal seat of Gilmore.

      His decision sets up Mr Perrottet for at least two imminent byelections, in Bega and in Willoughby, the latter of which is held by outgoing premier Gladys Berejiklian, announced her resignation from parliament on friday.

      Mr Perrottet’s ascension was by no means a simple affair. In the immediate aftermath of Ms Berejiklian’s resignation he faced a task of winning back support from the Liberal Party’s centre-right faction, which had intended on supporting his rival, Mr Stokes.

      Supporters of Mr Perrottet’s said they had split the centre-right camp, led by Police Minister David Elliott, and managed to lure a handful of MPs away from Mr Stokes. Remaining MPs later appeared to swing behind Mr Perrottet once former prime minister John Howard emerged to publicly back the 40-year-old conservative.

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    Tucker Carlson has a big say on the Australian covid tyranny

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qf5l2nmWOY

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    ‘Love is blind’: Shakespeare’s plays could have helped Gladys Berejiklian

    Political disaster could have been avoided if Gladys Berejiklian had listened to the Bard, writes Piers Akerman.

    Gladys Berejiklian’s has spent the past 12 months living with the knowledge ICAC’s investigation into her relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire wasn’t going to go away.

    It was more than a ticking time [email protected] and now she has fallen on her sword as public hearings into her knowledge of his activities are to reopen. Maybe she should have taken leave of absence a year ago when ICAC began asking about her entanglement with Maguire and questioning his pork barrelling schemes for his electorate

    Maybe she was preoccupied dealing with the devastating Wuhan flu and there can be no doubt that she has led the nation’s premiers in urging they keep the borders open – as constitutionally required – and dump dead end notions of total elimination of the virus

    As I wrote here last October, Berejiklian both as “Treasurer and now Premier … was subject as all MPs are to a code of conduct and strict protocols, as was Mr Maguire when he was still the MP for Wagga Wagga.

    “While Mr Maguire blatantly ignored the rules and forfeited his membership of the Liberal Party and vacated his seat for his actions in August, 2018, Ms Berejiklian led the return of the Coalition government at the 2019 election.” She was the heroine, a role model for girls and women and proof that Australia provided opportunity unlimited to migrants prepared to work hard.

    The NSW Liberals will meet on Tuesday to elect another leader who will have the unenviable task of rebuilding the shattered economy.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet should be the party’s first choice but internal politics have foisted the dark green Environment Minister Matt Kean upon him as his putative deputy and that choice – and the fact that the long-time party puppeteer Michael Photios is involved in urging support for this ticket – should ring alarm bells.

    While Perrottet is the most conservative member of the ministry and is without doubt the best equipped to deal with the massive challenges posed by the economic catastrophe, Kean is the worst possible choice as deputy bringing with him ludicrous notions of controlling the weather through the destruction of the economy. Outside the green-tinged urban electorates and the tree-sea change seats, there is no appetite for Kean’s black armband view of the environment and his election would see the Nationals question support for the expensive subsidies needed to underpin the unreliable renewable solar and wind projects he advocates.

    Perrottet’s right faction is wooing the Kean-supporting left-wing so-called moderate faction but at the expense of support from the centre-right which believes that Perrottet’s brother, Charlie Perrottet, has been working against its members in local government elections around the state.

    The centre-right, with 10 members in the 40-seat parliamentary party, does not have a quarter of the ministerial positions and felt dudded after being left out when Berejiklian rewarded her moderate supporters.

    The party has three days to sort out this mess but if Kean becomes deputy, the Nationals will spend from now until the next election on March 23, 2023, attacking the deputy leader of the Liberal Party.

    The alternate compromise candidates, moderates’ Planning Minister Rob Stokes, or left-wingers Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres, Transport Minister Andrew Constance or Attorney-General Mark Speakman could achieve a Steven Bradbury-style win if Perrottet can’t strike a deal with the centre-right. Olympic speed skater Bradbury won the 1000m medal after all his opponents crashed out on the last corner at the 2002 Games.

    Berejiklian is the third Liberal premier to fall foul of ICAC following Nick Greiner (who established the investigative body), and Barry O’Farrell. Greiner was cleared of any impropriety on appeal and O’Farrell, who forgot he had been given a $3000 bottle of Grange Hermitage, accepted he had erred. We don’t know whether ICAC will find against Berejiklian but Shakespeare reliably wrote in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “The course of true love never did run smooth,” and “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind”, as well as “Cupid is a knavish lad, thus to make females mad”.

    Or, as all know, from The Merchant of Venice: “Love is blind, and lovers cannot see, The pretty follies that themselves commit”.

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    Back the Blue?

    The “Back the Blue” slogan has been a regular part of our lexicon for the last few years, in particular as we’ve seen the rise of violent protests from the likes of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, with much of their hate and vitriol being hurled at our men and women in law enforcement. When you add to that the amount of betrayal these same law enforcement officers have endured from their own superior officers and their cities’ leaders, then the idea of decent, patriotic, and commonsense people standing up for them is not at all a stretch.

    Many of us have close friends and family that are in law enforcement, so this is very much a personal and up-close issue. I have an uncle, two good friends, a brother-in-law, and a nephew who are all police officers, and my own father spent a few years on our local small-town police force when I was a kid. So the idea of “backing the blue” is indeed very personal to me and something I take seriously. Generally, when a controversy arises regarding an officer-involved incident, my tendency is towards believing the story of the police versus the alleged perpetrator until more is known.

    However, my thoughts on this issue have taken a sharp turn in recent months, directly relating to behavior I’ve witnessed from law enforcement, particularly during the time of COVID lockdowns and restrictions.

    In many cases, we have seen very troubling behavior by our police officers. We’ve seen them forcefully keep citizens out of public town meetings and the police stand by while Antifa thugs attacked people in the street. We’ve seen people arrested for not falling into line with mandates that are very questionable legally. We’ve seen businesses shut down and livelihoods destroyed by lousy public health policies. And who was there enforcing these lousy policies? The police.

    Finally, probably the most high-profile situation to date is what is going on in Australia right now regarding their truly Orwellian mandates and lockdowns. The police are behaving in an incredibly disturbing manner. This video was recently posted on a story on the Gateway Pundit and shows exactly what is going on Down Under. The video makes it pretty damn clear that these aren’t reluctant officers forced to do their duty but doing so in a caring and responsible way. No, this is a case where these people appear to have been given carte blanche to brutally quash any dissent and go out and crack some skulls. And they appear to be enjoying it.

    One cannot help but see [email protected] storm troopers in these images, as these officers aggressively and even gleefully strangle and beat unarmed protesters in the street. Their riot gear, in fact, makes me think of the stormtroopers in the Star Wars movies. It’s truly shocking. Women being dragged out of their cars. Men, defenseless on the ground, being kicked in the head. Horrifying.

    What I often hear, and used to believe, is that this couldn’t happen here. This is America! We are too evolved and enlightened for this kind of thing. And we have the 2nd Amendment to protect us from tyranny of this sort. Really? Go to New York City and ask them about their 2nd Amendment rights. Do you think Bill DeBlasio is incapable of this sort of thing? Do you really believe most Democrat leaders are above the sort of thing we’re witnessing in Australia? If you do, you might want to start seeking your news and information elsewhere.

    If the likes of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Dianne Feinstein have their way, our COVID and vaccine-related rules and restrictions will duplicate those of Australia.

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      Tilba+Tilba

      Lockdowns and compliance have their rewards:

      USA Cases/Million: 133,504 (Australia: 4,307)

      USA Deaths/Million: 2,159 (Australia: 52)

      We all really dislike the lockdowns, but they have been very effective mostly. The violence at the protests were incited and caused by a bunch of rabble-rousers and malcontents.

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    Hanrahan

    Here’s a bottom up view of EverGrande by two guys who married Chinese girls and tour around on bikes making videos. Haven’t seen any of their work for years and now this pops up:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKbLB_T-IjY

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    OldOzzie

    From newcatallaxy.blog – Charming manipulative sadistic liars

    I was listening to Podcasts of Bad Blood The Final Chapter – Theranos, on a road trip with my son

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bad-blood-the-final-chapter/id1575738174

    John Carreyrou’s final chapter on Theranos

    Covering the blood testing startup in print and audio

    If you’re a Decoder listener, it’s a pretty sure bet that you’ve heard of Theranos and its charismatic, troubled founder Elizabeth Holmes. Holmes convinced a long list of major investors and companies to give her huge amounts of money, all on the back of her claims that the Theranos technology could do hundreds of blood tests with just a tiny sample of blood — a pinprick.

    The Theranos testing machine — called the Edison — wasn’t accurate, even though it was deployed in Walgreens locations around the country. All the while, Holmes was appearing on covers of magazines, signing more deals, and attracting greater and greater fame. Until everything changed. Right now, Holmes is on trial in a criminal lawsuit brought by the federal government. Her former partner, Sunny Balwani, will face his own trial for similar charges.

    Today, I’m talking to the reporter who first exposed Holmes and Theranos, and started it all. John Carreyrou was working at The Wall Street Journal in 2015 when he started publishing articles about how Theranos was misleading customers, partners, and investors. Theranos aggressively tried to stop John’s reporting in 2015 and Holmes even tried to get Journal owner Rupert Murdoch, who was an investor in Theranos, to stop the story. He declined, and the stories have become a cautionary tale: you can’t just believe the hype.

    I wanted to talk to John about the case and what it has been like to cover the story for six years. He is as close to this story as any reporter can be. He’s even on the witness list — and he was put there by Elizabeth Holmes’ legal team. And because this is Decoder, we talked about what it’s like to be a podcast creator — John is covering Holmes’ trial on a new podcast called Bad Blood: The Final Chapter — how that business is going, and why he decided to put some of his episodes behind the Apple Podcasts subscription system. And I asked for the numbers, of course.

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    so we have all been hearing about the under table Deals Dan Andrews has been doing with his three crossbench judas’s so Fiona Paton has come out with some news about the emergency powers

    https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=915029222747214&set=gm.1503526956683523

    https://www.3aw.com.au/reason-party-leader-says-state-of-emergency-cant-continue/?fbclid=IwAR1-aHhIm_zsSXCENIrDbsnG9YLehK21Z3dp-E7qfC8NSPCtaXRd1PnIuyo

    looks like they will be just legislating the new world order instead of using emergency powers
    straight from the CCP handbook LOL

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    Tilba+Tilba

    A crazy devout catholic papist has likely been elected “premier” of NSW, after Gladys fell on her sword ( she fell in luuuurv with the wrong guy).

    It’s awful and disgusting … what about the (probable) 90% of NSW people who are not NOT crazed papists? Have no truck with any religion, let alone that bloke in Rome? Only atheists should be allowed to run for office – only then we can be confident they are not answering to a “higher power” than the electors. It is really appalling that happy-clapping god-botherers re in the mix.

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      el+gordo

      I would prefer a Taoist as Premier, but atheist or catholic are alright too.

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        Tilba+Tilba

        Yeah well … I was probably a bit exaggerated, but I do not like my politicians being described in terms of their religious affiliation – makes me very nervous. Politics – like education – should be totally secular, and based entirely on earthly considerations.

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          el+gordo

          In the old days religion was more important in the choice of candidate, but in a democracy the practical considerations of government are usually the rule. Its only the yellow press making something out of nothing.

          Ben Chifley was raised a Catholic, but was refused communion because he married a Presbyterian. During Sunday mass he would sit in a park across the road and his constituents would stop by and talk shop. It secured his seat.

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          Fran

          The problem is not religious politicians. It is religious politicians who wear their religious affiliation on their sleeves. Take Jagmeet Singh (Canadian NDP leader) for example. He arranged all the press to be there on his visit to a Sikh temple. That’s the part of his life that should be private.

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          clarence.t

          “but I do not like my politicians being described in terms of their religious affiliation”

          You mean like AGW zealot?…

          AGW is just a religion, after all, back by no more science that other religions.

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      OldOzzie

      Shock! Horror! Perrottet is a Catholic

      But there is Really Good News – see the Bolded bits

      As the dust settles after Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation and what is reported to be the imminent elevation of Dominic Perrottet to the post of NSW premier, Australia’s newsroom hacks thought they heard the faint tinkle of sanctus bells and made like Pavlov’s dogs, slobbering hints and imputations about the danger of having a leader who is not only a Catholic but a conservative Catholic to boot.

      And put the boot in they surely did and will, Catholicism being, as Tony Abbot found and William F. Buckley observed, the last socially acceptable target for prejudice. Predictably, Their ABC immediately centred the papist premier-to-be in its crosshairs, even dragging in Perrottet’s school years:

      …as a child he attended the Roman Catholic school Redfield College in Dural, which is run by Opus Dei priests.

      The Opus Dei sect has been tied to secretive dealings, along with aggressive recruitment methods and accusations of elitism and misogyny.

      And the ABC has plenty of company:

      At the Sydney Morning Herald, where the hacks await official confirmation of the rumour circulating in both Sydney and Melbourne that contracts aren’t being renewed because the Nine rags will soon publish only on weekends, the effort appears focused on demonstrating they can spot a Romanist peril at 60 paces and are thus worthy of being picked up by the ABC:

      One senior moderate said: “Perhaps unfairly, Dom is seen as part of that ultra-conservative religious right-wing who has very strong social views on issues most of us simply do not get. He isn’t actually like that, but he can’t shake that perception.”

      There’s really no rational explanation for the media’s open loathing of Catholics (or its resolute silence in regard to another creed’s problematic adherence to belief and tradition), so leave it to SMH doodler Cathy Wilcox, who several years ago captured the required attitude in a few strokes.

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    Graeme No.3

    Despite our obsessed politicians the real problems are surfacing in China and Europe.
    Xi is in real strife as the survival of the ‘Communist’ party depends on continued economic progress. Nothing will cause more annoyance than factories closing down for 3 days or more due to a shortage of electricity, except possibly the new urban middle class shivering in their appartments in winter. Forget about an attempted takeover of Taiwan, the armed forces won’t be that enthusiastic if they’re short of fuel, and there is a call for more repression of the masses of partly employed workers.(less money but time on their hands).

    The other problem is Europe where Germany is paralysed by negotiations about the incoming coalition. Previously it was assumed that this would be between the CDU/CDSU combination (24.1% of the vote) with add-ons from the Left incl. The Greens. But the shortage of wind power, the necessity to increase coal-fired generation and the problem that “the Right” got almost as many votes (22%) won’t enthuse the general public nor the thought of higher household bills. Decision making paralysis at best, and the possible arrival from “the right field”.
    Then there is The UK where Boris the Demented is trying to make the forthcoming Climate Conference “a success” despite 25 previous flops, and that in the face of a shortage of electricity (and possibly heating) while demanding “the plebs pay more”. He hasn’t learnt from Maggie’s Poll Tax fiasco. It is a race between Xi and Boris on who goes first. Look for good odds at your on-line bookie.

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    fyi
    a family lawyer explains the Dec 15 leave date … unbelievable what is going on…

    This mandatory direction is made under the Chief Health Officer’s powers and directions. These powers are only given to him by the State of Emergency (‘SOE’). The SOE ends (and cannot simply be renewed for another 4 weeks) on 15 Dec 2021 pursuant to Section 198, subsection 7(c) of the Public Health & Safety Act 2008 (Vic).

    A whole new “Act” will need to be introduced to Parliament – have 1st; 2nd, 3rd readings etc and pass BOTH houses of Parliament in order to become law. The talk is the Act will only be for quarantine and masks indoor. It will not be for any mandatory jab as that breaches Charter of Human Rights 2006 (Vic) which is what has to guide any new Acts of Parliament.

    Think of this as just an “add on” to the Worker Permit. If you can work during lockdown (with a permit) you’ll need to get the jab. It is not a permanent thing as SOE ends on 15 December 2021.

    NSW residents are fully free from 1 Dec 2021 (vax or no vax) so clearly this can’t stand long term without an Emergency State of Crisis which we are in. Prime Minister even said it’s not mandatory for Australians! It’s only a State issue atm because it’s a State act and we are still in the SOE period.

    If possible, work from home until SOE ends. Any coincidence he’s picked 15 October 2021 to have first jab? It’s a Friday… wouldn’t it naturally be the Monday/ start of a work week? Ohhh that’s right 15 October.l – 15 December 2021. 2 months out from when SOE ends.

    2 months to blackmail as many people to get double jabbed under the Chief Health Officer’s orders (whilst they’re still there).

    16 March 2020 (SOE declared)
    15 Dec 2021 (SOE ends and can no longer be rolled over)

    If you can ride out the 2 months, then do it.

    and while we are here Victorians have a look at this one
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il-RZ9SUInQ

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      Vicki

      Clive Palmer said on SkyNews today that he is quite ready to challenge any vax mandate in the High Court. He also claimed that his UAP had attracted. 50,000 new members in 5 weeks as a result of his opposition to mandatory vaccination. He has the money, he says, & he will do it.

      Strange bedfellows sometimes necessary in dangerous times.

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      Vicki

      For other reasons too. Conventional vaxx like Novavax hopefully available in new year – plus new anti- virals. Some virologists also think, barring the emergence of ADEs, the pandemic should be soon trending down to become an annual virus of less virulence.

      None of this obviates the need to remain as healthy as possible with the vitamin protocol recommended. Many immunologists still believe the current vaccines are recommended for 70 plus years. They may be right in terms of the vulnerability of the elderly, but surely the nature of these vaccines should also come into the equation.

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        OldOzzie

        Vicki in the meantime Thugs Goons Administration ban Ivermectin in Australia when India shows the way

        Dr John Campbell – Goa, home medical kit with ivermectin, zinc and vitamin D

        Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant in the presence of Minister for Health Shri

        https://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa

        https://www.goa.gov.in/wp-content/upl

        Pulse Oximeter

        Digital Thermometer

        Paracetamol tablets (15)

        Vitamin C tablets (30)

        Multivitamin tablets with Zinc (30)

        Vitamin D3 tablets (2 packs)

        Ivermectin 12mg tablets (10)

        Doxycycline 100mg tablets (10)

        Three-ply face masks (5)

        N-95 Masks (2)

        Sanitizer (100ml)

        Alcohol based Wipes (1 box with 20 plies)

        Gloves (2 pairs)

        UP
        Population 204 million

        https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-

        https://www.thehindu.com/news/nationa

        No fresh Covid cases in UP’s 59 districts

        Last 24 hours, 191,446 samples tested

        33 samples tested positive

        Test Positivity Rate, lower than 0.01

        Active caseload

        Currently 187

        April, 310,783

        Factors to explain success

        Targeted testing of specific groups

        Early detection

        Contact tracing

        Isolation

        Free and timely provision of medicine kits and treatment to the rural populace

        $2.65 per person

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        Tilba+Tilba

        I am 69 and fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca – I feel that was a perfectly reasonable choice. I wish you would stop hyping all sorts of mayhem. The various vaccines are very good, and far better than not being vaccinated at all.

        Everybody in Victoria who is in hospital, in ICU, and on ventilators, are not vaccinated. Darwin rules.

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        Fran

        “Conventional” vax simply makes the spike protein itself and then injects it. Will it be less toxic than making your own cells make the spike protein? No one knows.

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    Neville

    The UN Sec Gen now tells us that we must act on Climate Change or condemn humanity to a “HELLISH future”.
    What a pity he’s referring to their FANTASY world AGAIN and not the real planet Earth.
    Just LOOK up the DATA.

    https://menafn.com/1102902640/UN-Chief-Warns-Of-Hellish-Future-Ahead-Of-Key-Climate-Summit

    “As well as progress on the three pillars of mitigation, finance and adaptation, we must finalize negotiations on the Paris rulebook – especially to break the deadlock on article 6 on carbon markets and the transparency framework. We have a few days here in Milan and a month of work ahead before Glasgow. I urge everyone to use them wisely and productively. Let us rebuild the trust that is needed to make COP26 a success for everyone. We have immense power. We can either save our world or condemn humanity to a hellish future. We must take the long view – and the moral high ground – so that this and future generations can look forward to peace, opportunity and dignity for all on a healthy planet. Thank you and I wish the best success to this Pre‑COP”.

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      el+gordo

      ‘We have immense power.’

      That is true and its doing a great deal of harm. Fortunately, COP26 is bound to be a fizzer.

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    el+gordo

    The Australian Medical Association has lost the plot yet again.

    ‘AMA cautions against psychedelic drugs

    ‘Australia’s peak medical body has warned against using psychedelic drugs to treat mental health conditions, after a review by the federal regulator found the drugs “show promise”. (Oz)

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    el+gordo

    Meltwater Pulse 1A was caused by volcanism in Antarctic waters, which eventually moved north to create the Bolling-Allerod and melt the NH glaciers, presumably leading to the Younger Dryas.

    https://www.science.org/doi/abs/10.1126/science.1081002

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    Just+Thinkin'

    Tuesday morning, 5th of Oct.

    facelessbook is down and the people at facelessbook
    cannot even get into their building to fix it.
    Watts up with that has some details.

    Now, imagine if we are CASHLESS and this happened
    to the BANKS.

    ALWAYS CARRY AND USE CASH. I do.

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